One in five New Zealanders over the age of 15 may have pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a risk factor that increases the chances of type 2 diabetes developing.

There are approximately 270,000 people in New Zealand living with diabetes. Around 10% of these have type 1 diabetes, and 90% have type 2 diabetes. Alarmingly, there could be at least another 100,000 people who have diabetes and don’t know it yet. 

Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. Over time, this can cause damage to many parts of the body if it is not well controlled.

There are two main types of diabetes:

  1. Type 2 diabetes – most common. Type 2 diabetes is mostly seen in adults, but is now appearing in children as obesity increases. In this type, the pancreas is not working effectively.

  2. Type 1 diabetes – the pancreas stops producing insulin. Mostly starts in childhood and is not related to lifestyle.

Key Points:

  1. Diabetes is common and many people do not know they have it. Check with your nurse or doctor about a screening test.

  2. 80% of all type 2 diabetes is preventable if we keep to a healthy body weight, eat healthier foods and keep physically active.

  3. Early treatment is important to reduce damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart, feet and brain.

  4. Attend a pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes session and learn as much as you can.

StayWell Information session (formally Reversing Pre-Diabetes session)

The StayWell session provided by the Green Prescription team at Nelson Bays Primary Health is delivered as an informal, relaxed small-group environment. Pre-diabetes occurs when the glucose (sugar) in the blood is higher than normal, but not high enough to be called Type 2 diabetes. 

The good news is pre-diabetes can often be reversed. Knowledge and understanding can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This service will help with:

  • Understanding what pre-diabetes is and what to do about it;

  • Learning how type 2 diabetes develops;

  • Planning small changes to help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.


Bee Williamson
Community Education Co-ordinator - Heart & Diabetes
Phone: 03 543 7836
Mobile: 021 409 552
Freephone: 0800 731 317

Who can access this service?

Anyone with a diagnosis of pre-diabetes and/or their families, whanau/fanau or support people