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Urgent action now required to tackle the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic

Urgent action now required to tackle the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic
Posted on September 27, 2016
Archive : September 2016
Category : News

Last week the Public Health England released the shocking figures of 3.8 million adults currently living with Diabetes in England, 90% of those being Type 2.

The BDA (British dietetic Association), having a membership of 8500 food and nutrition specialists, are advising that they could be key in tackling the type 2 diabetes epidemic. This would be by advising those at risk of developing the disease, how to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent it ie. healthier eating and promoting regular exercise.

To do this as efficiently as possible the general public would need access to pre-diabetic checks, to identify those at risk. Once those have been identified they would need advice and treatment on how to prevent the onset of Type 2 or at least manage it if the disease has gone too far and is diagnosed as Diabetes.

In terms of the theory that changing your lifestyle could reduce the levels of Type 2 diabetes cases, a study carried out by the University of Huddersfield have found that changes to people’s diets and an increase in their levels of exercise, could reduce the level of new diabetes cases by 80%. They are hoping to do more research which would involve a larger scale evaluation of pre-diabetic clinics and different models of educational programmes.

The biggest obstacle for people to change their lifestyle is to initiate change itself. Education is key but Dr Gillibrand, senior lecturer in Podiatry and Clinical science at the University, feels ‘there is a need for other mediators – eg behaviour interventions or talking-based psychological therapies in order to initiate lifestyle change.’

It seems very clear that to try and tackle this chronic global epidemic, we need to be attempting to identify as many of the *300 million people globally with impaired glucose tolerance so that we have a chance of stopping some of them going on to develop the full blown Diabetes.

For the full articles follow the links: 

source 1 

source 2

* taken from interview with Michael Hurst IDF on ‘The Diabetes Epidemic’ online course by University of Dundee


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