You may have received a letter signed by our GP, Dr Jalali, in which you have been invited to take part in the diabetes prevention programme. 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.
Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme started in 2016 with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people, half of the population, and making up to 20,000 places available. This will roll out to the whole country by 2020 with an expected 100,000 referrals available each year after.
Those referred will get tailored, 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, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.
There are currently 2.8 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.
One in six of all people in hospital have diabetes – while diabetes is often not the reason for admission, they often need a longer stay in hospital, are more likely to be re admitted and their risk of dying is higher.
Berkshire East is taking part in the second wave of the above programme. For more information please see
Some of you have contacted the Practice because you had been unable to get through to the Provider Reed Momenta. We contacted them and they recognise there had been a problem but have now recruited more staff to help them deal with the increased number of calls.
For those patients that have asked us for a copy of their blood results; Reed Momenta already have the information they need for their first meeting with you. They are able to take more blood if needed (point of care testing).