1610 in Bridgwater joins forces with NHS in new national health initiative to prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Posted: 26th Nov 2018

Category: Health & Fitness

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1610 has joined forces with the NHS to spearhead a new health initiative to help prevent Somerset residents from developing Type 2 Diabetes.  

It is the first national preventative initiative of its kind and works in partnership with GP’s and training facilitators to guide and educate   participants in ways to reduce their blood sugar levels.  Four staff from Trinity Sports & Leisure in Bridgwater are the first 1610 staff who have received training to deliver the scheme which is being rolled out in other designated areas in Somerset as part of a phased approach. 

The number of people diagnosed with Diabetes in the UK has doubled in the last 20 years and according to figures from NHS Digital Diabetes prescriptions are now costing the NHS in England more than one billion pounds a year. NHS England figures reveal that 92% of recorded diagnoses relate to type 2 diabetes which are closely linked to lifestyle factors and is preventable through lifestyle change.  Nearly 7,000 children and young adults under 25 have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales about 10 times the number reported before, according to Diabetes UK.

Participants in the initiative will be are monitored for one year with GP’s referring all patients who are believed to be ‘at risk’ to the scheme. An initial consultation where blood sugar levels and health are assessed which are followed by weekly meetings with a trained leader to discuss strategies to combat the disease. The meetings are eventually phased down to monthly and then quarterly sessions.

1610 Health Development Manager Amanda Godsell says that the courses are an important part step in educating the public about the risks they may face; in developing Type 2 Diabetes;

‘This program targets people at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and informs them about what they can do to avoid developing the condition. Having Type 2 Diabetes is not necessarily a life sentence it can be reversed through the right sort of diet and exercise so it is vital that people realise that there are simple steps they can take to avoid developing it. The condition is causing a health crisis within the UK and it is important that we all work together to educate people and support them in making the right lifestyle choices to help in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes.’

For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Courses please Tel Trinity Sports and Leisure 01278 429119.