Help at hand for people at risk of Type 2 diabetes

More than 50,000 people have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes across Cheshire and Wirral - with tens of thousands more classed as being at risk of diagnosis.

In West Cheshire alone, more than 12,500 people have been diagnosed with the disease.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, commissioned by NHS England in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, is aimed at reducing the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. In West Cheshire it will be delivered by ICS Health and Wellbeing.

Those referred onto the programme will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes - all of which, together, have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

The nine-month intervention begins with a one-hour one-to-one before a series of group sessions. Each individual’s progress will then be reviewed with a health and wellbeing coach every three months.

Referral onto the programme can come via a number of sources – including a GP appointment, a health check or an existing diabetes education programme.

Every year Type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion, which equates to almost 10 per cent of its budget. It also causes around 22,000 early deaths in England every year.

If current trends persist, 70 per cent of people will be overweight or obese in 20 years’ time and one in 10 of us will develop Type 2 diabetes.

However, evidence suggests that many cases of Type 2 diabetes, which is largely caused by lifestyle factors, are preventable.

Dr Catherine Wall, NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical lead for diabetes, said: “We’re proud to be rolling out the first wave of this important public health programme in Cheshire and Wirral. We look forward to working with ICS Health and Wellbeing to offer a tailored behavioural change programme to benefit local people.”

Jackie Lothian, ICS Health and Wellbeing’s service integration facilitator, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to provide lifestyle interventions for the people of Cheshire and Wirral with the aim of helping at risk people make healthier choices about how they exercise and what they eat.”

Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK, said: “Every day, around 65 people with diabetes die before their time. It is extremely important we invest in preventing Type 2 diabetes and improving care for people who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, especially given the prevalence of diabetes in the North West is higher than the national average.”

To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention/

Date added: 16/01/2017

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