Diabetes NHS Long Term Plan Commitments ‘Met and Exceeded’

McCall, B. | 11 November 2021 | MedScape

Outcomes in diabetes are something to be proud of, said England’s National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes, addressing the opening session of the Diabetes Professional Conference 2021.

He added that the last decade had seen rates of amputations, cardiovascular disease, and hospital admissions all drop significantly, and much of this had been led by primary care as well as specialty services.

Professor Partha Kar, national specialty advisor for diabetes, together with Professor Jonathan Valabhji, national clinical director for diabetes and obesity, presented the annual update on the NHS England Diabetes and Obesity Programmes at the meeting, held in-person in London.

The update was dominated by the effect of the pandemic on delivery of care from the perspective of both clinicians and patients. Prof Valabhji pointed out that faced with the onslaught of COVID and the desperate need for a solution, the emphasis was on disentangling the unknowns at that time. “In severe outcomes there was a clear association between COVID and HbA1c, and BMI in the obese range. Our rich NHS datasets have provided info that other countries’ can’t do.” (Source: MedScape).

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Participants in the Diabetes Prevention Programme loose the equivalent weight of 43 ambulances

NHS England | January 2020 | NHS support sees people lose the weight of 43 ambulances

A recent news release from people completing the world leading NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme have lost the equivalent weight of 43 ambulances.

Currently,  around 4 million people in the UK live with type 2 diabetes, with diabetes and its complications costing the NHS more than £10 billion to treat every year. Almost 90 000 people have now finished the programme, losing a combined weight of 185, 051kg.  The world first service is the first of its kind to have achieved a full national roll-out.

With expert advice on dieting, exercise and healthy lifestyle, the programme will double in size to treat around 200,000 people every year as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Complications from the disease can include blindness and foot amputations.

Around 90 per cent of people with diabetes have type 2 and there were over a million obesity diagnoses in hospital patients last year.

Projections show that the growing number of people with diabetes could result in nearly 39,000 people living with diabetes suffering a heart attack in 2035 and over 50,000 people suffering a stroke and one in six hospital beds are occupied with someone with diabetes.

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The 9-12 month programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the illness through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions, including:

  • Education on lifestyle choices
  • Advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating
  • Bespoke physical activity programmes

Projections show that the growing number of people with diabetes could result in nearly 39,000 people living with diabetes suffering a heart attack in 2035 and over 50,000 people suffering a stroke and one in six hospital beds are occupied with someone with diabete (Source: NHS England).

Further details are available from NHS England