Most people would be shocked to know that around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.
Routine practice diabetes care
The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by the practice diabetes team.
We like to see all people with diabetes twice a year.
Both of the appointments will be with a nurse and you will need to have a blood test before each appointment.
It will help our nurses if you fill before coming the questionnaire “diabetes review” available on SystmOnline.
There are times when you will need to be seen more often than twice a year, for example after you are first diagnosed or if problems are detected during one of the routine reviews. We arrange these additional reviews as needed and may be with a nurse or one of the Drs.
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP)
The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
The intention is to identify those at high risk of diabetes and refer them onto a behaviour change programme. Those referred will get personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.
The programme started in 2016 with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people, and we are part of this first wave.