Thousands of Lincolnshire patients will have improved their lifestyles and reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 2020.
More than 4,000 residents joined the National Diabetes Prevention Programme in the county between June 2016 and December 2018 and a further 2,600 places are available up to the summer of 2020. This means that 6,600 people will have been supported to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
Sam Raybould, Unscheduled & Planned Care Manager for South and South West Lincolnshire CCGs said: “The average weight loss for individuals completing the programme is 3.9kg and service users are reporting a reduction to their blood glucose levels, reducing their risk of developing the disease.
“We have had significant positive feedback on lifestyle improvements from those who have been on the programme.
“We are working with GP practices across the county to ensure patients who are appropriate for the programme are referred to it.”
For those already living with the condition, Lincolnshire has seen a number of improvements in the past year.
“More than 300 people have attended a series of living with diabetes days across the county which involve patient education and engagement,” Sam added.
“More than 100 staff in GP practices have also been trained to increase their knowledge and confidence in managing diabetes, so that all practices provide excellent care.
“We hope to train a similar number in the next year too.”
In the last year, nearly 1,500 patients have been able to see a vascular and orthopaedic surgeon in the diabetes foot clinics rather than attend separate appointments and 500 patients who previously had to attend foot clinics at Lincoln or Boston have been seen closer to home at community outreach clinics.
Denise Darby, from Grantham, has diabetes. She said: “If I knew somebody that was showing signs of diabetes or was high risk, I would tell them to follow the doctor’s advice to the tee and don’t mess about.
“It is a terrible illness or disease and when it takes hold, boy does it take hold.”