Diabetes prevention programme extended to Cornwall

By Cornish Times in Health

Patients in Cornwall could benefit from an expansion of a diabetes prevention programme.

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has announced 13 new areas, including Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, who are now live and ready to offer a leading NHS prevention programme to patients identified at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. 

Wave 2 of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme  is part of a wider package of measures to support people with diabetes and those on the cusp of it, to stay fit, well and prevent further deterioration.

Local people referred on to the programme will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk. This will include education on healthy eating and lifestyle choices, reducing weight through bespoke physical exercise programmes and portion control, which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

The programme, which is  run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK,  was officially launched last year, with the first wave made up of 27 areas and covering 26 million people - almost half of the country.

Wave 2 areas will cover another 25% of the population, with an estimated 130,000 referrals and u p to 50,000 additional places made available thanks to the expansion. 

In Cornwall 28,000 people have an impaired glucose level, an indicator that they are at risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

NHS Kernow will receive  £212,000  from the national pot of money.

If someone is worried about their own risk the Diabetes UK Know your Risk tool online can be used at http://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

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