Diabetes project launched to help people at risk
PATIENTS at risk of diabetes are being urged to sign up to a prevention programme being rolled out in Macclesfield.
Doctors are asking patients to sign up to a programme to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes. It includes education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke exercise programmes.
The six practices at Waters Green Medical Centre – South Park Surgery, High Street Surgery, Park Green Surgery, Cumberland House, Park Lane Surgery and Broken Cross Surgery – have sent letters to patients who have had blood test results with higher than normal blood sugar levels.
The nine-month programme aims to cut the number of people with the illness, with around five per cent of people in Macclesfield living with diabetes.
Katie Mills, a nurse who is leading the roll-out for Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The first wave of the programme in Eastern Cheshire is being rolled out in Macclesfield.
“The GP practices based at Waters Green have sent out letters to all patients who have had blood results in the last 12 months that fall into the pre-diabetic range.
“The response rate and interest from patients has been excellent and the programme provider Independent Clinical Service (ICS) is contacting patients to arrange oneto-one appointments.
“From there, patients will be booked onto group sessions to begin their journey through the programme.”
People can be referred from a number of sources – including a GP or practice nurse appointment or NHS health check.
Progress will be reviewed with a health and wellbeing coach every three months.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes blood sugar levels to become too high.
Type 2 diabetes is when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.
Around 10,500 people in Eastern Cheshire have diabetes and around 90 per cent of cases are Type 2. But Type 2 is largely caused by lifestyle, so many cases are preventable.
Stephen Ryan, head of Diabetes UK in the North, said: “Every day around 65 people with diabetes die before their time. It’s extremely important we invest in preventing Type 2 diabetes.”
To find out more visit england.nhs.uk/ ourwork/qual-clin-lead/ diabetes-prevention
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