Di­a­betes pro­ject launched to help peo­ple at risk

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

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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