THE number of people with diabetes in the UK is growing; especially those with Type 2 diabetes, and tackling the condition is a key focus for the NHS, writes Dr Richard Davies, chair of Redditch & Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group.
It’s estimated there are more than three million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with 200,000 new diagnoses every year.
There are a number of ways to manage the condition; ensuring you eat healthily, take regular exercise, carry out regular blood tests to monitor glucose levels and take medication – usually tablets or possibly insulin injections.
Of course, the best way to manage diabetes is to prevent it from happening.
There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and I would encourage anyone at risk act now.
Next week, April 16-22, is Diabetes Prevention Week, which aims to promote the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, along with raising awareness of the causes and complications of Type 2 diabetes.
In Redditch and Bromsgrove, patients can access the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to help patients make realistic changes to their lives, including what they eat and how active they are.
Access is by referral from a GP, for anyone who has had a blood test in the last 12 months showing they are at risk of Type 2 diabetes.
You can also request a referral from your GP if you’ve not yet been offered the programme, but know you’re at risk.
To find out more visit www.preventing-diabetes.co.uk
A simple test is also available via NHS Choices. This can be found at www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Diabetes.aspx.