National Diabetes Prevention Week – (16 – 22 April 2018)
Somerset’s GP Practices are encouraging patients who might be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to join a new pilot scheme testing smartphone technology as an aid to improving their diet and lifestyle.
Diabetes is caused when your blood glucose level is too high. This is because your body doesn't make enough of a hormone called insulin, or the insulin doesn't work properly.
In Somerset alone, there are over 30,000 people living with diabetes, with 90% being affected by the Type 2 form of the condition. Almost 2,500 new patients are diagnosed every year. A further 10,000 people could have the condition but are undiagnosed and unaware of the long-term harm it could be causing to their health.
Dr Henk Bruggers, a Mendip GP and Diabetes Lead for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, explained:
“Left undiagnosed or badly managed the complications associated from Type 2 diabetes can lead to many serious, long-term health problems, including strokes, heart disease and sight loss. Patients who have had a recent blood test and have been identified as being at risk are invited to take part in one of the new, digital diabetes prevention pilots.
“It's free and the schemes in Somerset, known as the Oviva Diabetes Prevention Programme and the Buddi Nujjer activity-sensitive wristband monitor, are designed to help patients who might be at risk of Type 2 diabetes to improve their health and wellbeing by making small but sustained changes to their diet and lifestyle.”
Louise Woolway, a Public Health Consultant with Somerset County Council said:
“Your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by making changes in diet and becoming more physically active. The Diabetes Prevention Pilot Programme is targeting people who are not yet affected by diabetes but could be in the future. The scheme also has the benefit of supporting people who might otherwise struggle if trying to make lifestyle changes on their own."
To find out if you could be at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes complete the Diabetes UK online survey. (https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start) or talk you your GP Practice Nurse.
For general information about Type 2 diabetes and how to reduce your risk of developing the condition visit the Diabetes UK web site at: www.diabetes.org.uk.
See also: Preventing Diabetes in Somerset
Note for Editors
The cost of supporting people with diabetes and managing the health complications they experience accounts for some 10% of Somerset CCG’s £724 million annual budget.
Oviva is a personalised nutrition and lifestyle coaching programme with an expert
dietitian and digital tools. The programme consists of an initial call with a dietitian to
create a personalised action plan, followed by 8 weeks of intensive lifestyle coaching to
help you achieve your goals. All appointments are arranged at a time to suit you, either
via telephone or the Oviva smartphone application. Further support is provided via a
free online learning suite, including videos and podcasts that cover different lifestyle
Further information can also be found on their website: https://oviva.com/uk .
Buddi’s nujjer programme is an activity-sensitive wristband and smartphone
application that allows you to monitor your physical activity and behavioural changes
over time. Nujjer will give you personalised activity and weight goals throughout the
programme. You will be able to track your step count, sleeping hours and eating
patterns, and have the ability to set your own goals and record achievements. You will
receive personalised messages of support and the option to be distracted from food
cravings with online activities.
The nujjer application provides learning modules that focus on diet, exercise and mental
resilience as well as motivational messages in response to your actions to help you
make healthy and long term lifestyle choices.
Further information can also be found on the website: http://nujjer.com/