HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● By Dr Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG). I’m sure many of us put on a lit­tle ex­tra weight dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod and don’t re­ally want to think too deeply about how much.

How­ever, Jan­uary is a good time for us to think about our weight, not least as Na­tional

Obe­sity Aware­ness Week (Jan­uary 11-17), has just come to an end.

Now I’m not sug­gest­ing that any of us sud­denly be­came obese over Christ­mas, but re­search has found that adults tend to weigh more in Fe­bru­ary and March than they did in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber of the pre­vi­ous year.

The study fur­ther de­ter­mined that peo­ple’s weight hadn’t changed sig­nif­i­cantly by the fol­low­ing Septem­ber – so a large pro­por­tion of in­cre­men­tal weight gain can be at­trib­uted to the fes­tive pe­riod. But fear not, sup­port is avail­able in the form of the Jan­Uary, a cam­paign which pro­motes how we can eat health­ier, be more ac­tive, im­prove our over­all health, and get help if we need it. Part of the ini­tia­tive in­volves mak­ing a new year’s res­o­lu­tion to im­prove your health, but Jan­uary is far more wide-reach­ing than that. In­for­ma­tion, tips, recipes and ac­tiv­i­ties can be found at jan-u-ary.co.uk.

In the UK, 60 per­cent of adults are now con­sid­ered over­weight or obese, which is hav­ing a detri­men­tal im­pact on the NHS and our gen­eral health.

In­deed, obe­sity can lead to a num­ber of se­ri­ous con­di­tions and is of­ten a di­rect cause of type 2 di­a­betes which, if un­treated, can lead to or­gan dam­age and other com­pli­ca­tions.

In East­ern Cheshire alone, one in 20 adults has di­a­betes, and that num­ber is set to rise in-line with our age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG, which buys and plans most of the area’s health­care ser­vices, is tack­ling this prob­lem head-on and has agreed plans for ser­vices that will re­duce the risk of peo­ple de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes and will pro­vide bet­ter sup­port for those who do.

The in­te­grated di­a­betes ser­vice will be ac­ces­si­ble to East­ern Cheshire adults who have di­a­betes, or are at risk of de­vel­op­ing the con­di­tion, as well as young peo­ple aged 16 plus who are mov­ing across to adult di­a­betes ser­vices.

Find out more at:east­erncheshireccg. nhs.uk

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