Good morning word and thanks for tuning in to another day here on Planet Magnet. I hope today finds you well and ready for the long weekend as we continue to count down the days to Good Friday and the Bank Holiday!!!!
Today I bring you a post that is taken directly from the BBC website having been written by their Health Correspondent Nick Triggle. It discusses the possibility of giving us mere mortals 13 sessions of gym exercise and healthy living training in a bid to save some of the millions spent each year on Diabetes Medication.
“People in England at risk of type-2 diabetes are to be offered healthy-lifestyle support by the NHS to help them prevent the condition developing.
The new national programme will be launched this spring, with the aim of helping 20,000 people this year.
Patients will be offered 13 sessions focusing on exercise, education and lifestyle changes.
GPs are being asked to identify the people who would benefit the most from the programme.
This will be done through blood-glucose testing and monitoring for signs of pre-diabetes.
While type-1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, type-2 often is.
The programme will be available in 27 areas, covering half the country, to start with and involve support such as supervised gym sessions.
The rest of England will follow by 2020, when there will be 100,000 places available.
There are currently 2.6 million people with type-2 diabetes in England, with 200,000 new diagnoses every year.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the scheme would reduce hospital admissions, prevent strokes and the complications of diabetes, such as amputations.
“By offering targeted support for at-risk individuals, the NHS is now playing its part in the wider campaign against obesity, which is already costing the country more than we spend on the police and fire service combined,” he said.
Diabetes UK chief executive Chris Askew said the programme should prove significant for many people at risk of diabetes.
“This will provide them with the best possible chance of reducing their risk of developing diabetes and living a long full healthier life,” he said.
The cost of the programme is £7m this year – but that is being set against the £10bn annual spend on diabetes care.
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie added: “Type-2 diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges of our time.”
Dr Maureen Baker, of the Royal College of GP’s, welcomed the scheme.
But she warned: “The long-term behaviour change we need to see is hard to inspire.””
Quite something. I recall that they “kind of” did this for me prior to my surgery. We had to go to help groups to learn about healthy living and life although there was no exercise offered with it which is probably just as well because I could barely walk back then let alone exercise!!
I firmly believe that this is an issue that requires much more thinking but as a start, well all I can say is “it is one”. That is about all because once again they put the onus onto people who are in most cases unable to recognise the need for themselves to change their eating habits because their eating habits are usually so much more than a habit.
But then hey, at least they are trying something and even if it is like sticking an Elastoplast on a carbuncle, it makes the powers that be look like they are involved and trying when really and truly what they need is for people who have been here to be approached and asked for their honest opinion as to what would work because trust me, unless you have experienced the “illness” you cannot really understand if the “cure” you propose is a suitable one.
Stay out of the fridge.