Thou­sands work to pre­vent di­a­betes

Midweek Visiter - - News -

MORE than 8,000 peo­ple across Cheshire and Mersey­side have joined an NHS di­a­betes pre­ven­tion ini­tia­tive.

The an­nounce­ment was made to mark World Di­a­betes Day.

Health and care or­gan­i­sa­tions across the re­gion cel­e­brated the suc­cess of the flag­ship pro­gramme which the NHS says is help­ing to pre­vent type 2 di­a­betes.

The na­tional pro­gramme, a part­ner­ship be­tween NHS Eng­land, Pub­lic Health Eng­land and Di­a­betes UK, is a free ini­tia­tive avail­able to peo­ple who are at high risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes.

It of­fers tailored help to sup­port peo­ple to re­duce their risk of type 2 di­a­betes in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion on life­style choices.

It is said to be the first ever na­tion­wide type 2 di­a­betes pre­ven­tion pro­gramme and the largest un­der­tak­ing of its kind in the world for those at risk of the dis­ease.

The NHS says: “These fig­ures are be­ing re­leased to fur­ther in­crease aware­ness of the risk that di­a­betes poses to peo­ple liv­ing in the re­gion.

“It is es­ti­mated that nearly 200,000 peo­ple are cur­rently at risk of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes which can lead to other se­ri­ous con­di­tions in­clud­ing strokes, heart dis­ease, limb am­pu­ta­tion and early death.”

Prof Sarah O’Brien, the re­gion’s di­a­betes chief, said, “The na­tional di­a­betes pre­ven­tion pro­gramme has al­ready had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the health of com­mu­ni­ties across Cheshire and Mersey­side.

We know that many peo­ple are at high risk of pre-di­a­betes but are prob­a­bly com­pletely un­aware of it. This is be­cause the con­di­tion of­ten de­vel­ops grad­u­ally with­out any warn­ing signs or symp­toms.”

One in six pa­tients in hos­pi­tal are said to have di­a­betes and around nine out of 10 peo­ple with di­a­betes have type 2, which is closely linked to obe­sity and yet is largely pre­ventable by mak­ing sim­ple life­style changes around diet, ac­tiv­ity lev­els and weight man­age­ment.

Clare Howarth at Di­a­betes UK ex­plains that di­a­betes can be caused by a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, some of which are out of peo­ple’s con­trol.

“How­ever we know three in five cases of type 2 di­a­betes can be pre­vented or de­layed by mak­ing health­ier choices, help­ing ev­ery­one un­der­stand their own risk of de­vel­op­ing the con­di­tion − and how to re­duce it − and se­cur­ing early di­ag­no­sis for those at high risk,” she said.

Dr Kieran Mur­phy, NHS med­i­cal di­rec­tor for Cheshire and Mersey­side said: “We are calling on all of those who are at risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes to speak to their GP prac­tice around tak­ing part in the pro­gramme.”

He be­lieves there is ev­i­dence that tak­ing part in the ini­tia­tive can help all the fam­ily be­come more fit and healthy.

A nurse gives a pa­tient a di­a­betes test

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.