Type 2 Diabetes
Over three million people in England already have type 2 diabetes and, according to Diabetes UK, it’s estimated that as many as four million people could have the disease by 2025.
If current trends persist, one in every three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes already accounts for around 10 per cent of the annual NHS budget. This is nearly £10 billion a year. 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2, which is largely preventable.
Every year, about 20,000 people with diabetes die early. Complications associated with diabetes include heart, stroke, kidney, eye and foot problems.
The proposed solution to this growing issue is the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme - a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK to deliver tried and tested methods for individuals identified as being at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The programme aims to delay or prevent onset of Type 2 Diabetes by supporting people to achieve a healthy weight, be physically active and adopt a healthy diet.
Roll-out of the programme began in 2016. By 2020 the aim is to have up to 100,000 places per year available across England.
The provider of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Birmingham is Living Well Taking Control (LWTC).
To join the programme patients need to be:
- Aged 18 years and over
- Registered with a GP Practice in Birmingham
- HbA1c between 42-47mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%) or Fasting Plasma Glucose between 5.5.-6.9mmols/l within the last 12 months
- Not pregnant
- Able to take part in light/moderate physical activity
To refer patients to the programme GP and other healthcare professionals need to:
- Ensure they meet the eligibility criteria
- Complete a referral form
Are you concerned you or a family member could be at risk? Take an online risk assessment and if you think you are at high risk contact your GP practice and ask for a health check.
For more information visit www.lwtcsupport.co.uk