Stopping diabetes in its tracks

Date: 06 December 2018

A pioneering scheme to reduce the number of type 2 diabetes cases in Bromley has won a prestigious national award and was shortlisted for another.

The WW (formerly weight watchers) Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) which was piloted in Bromley in 2016 has been proven by two independent studies to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 70% through its lifestyle change-based programme. Bromley elected to trial the initiative as it had the third highest prevalence of obesity in London.

130 patients took part in the Bromley programme and at the end of twelve months, 38% were no longer at risk of diabetes, whilst a further 15% reduced their risk significantly.  The diabetes prevention programme focused on making better lifestyle choices and improving nutrition and activity habits in order to avoid developing the condition.

The programme, delivered in partnership with Bromley Council’s public health team, NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group and WW has won the National Diabetes Prevention programme category at the inaugural Industry Awards launched by Diabetes Professional Care, the UK’s leading conference for healthcare professionals working the field of diabetes care. The awards showcase success and innovation across the industry including pharmaceutical, medical device and life sciences industries working in diabetes care.

The Bromley programme was also shortlisted for a Health Service Journal Award.

Dr Meena Kharade, Bromley GP and CCG Clinical Lead for Obesity said, “Diabetes is a serious long term condition and one of the most significant public health challenges of our time. There are around five million people living in the UK with pre-diabetes. Diabetes not only has an impact on the lives of those individuals, but also creates a substantial burden on NHS services treating a condition which in many cases can be avoided”.

Councillor Diane Smith, Executive Member for Adult Care and Health said: “The work conducted by Bromley Council’s Public Health team in partnership with colleagues at the CCG was ground-breaking in that it demonstrated the impact of making healthier life choices and losing weight to counteract the onset of type 2 diabetes. The findings from the pilot in Bromley helped to shape the development and implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme called ‘Healthier You’.   Last year a study of these programmes by Public Health England revealed that on average they could be successful in preventing 26% of people at high-risk of prediabetes from going on to fully develop the condition.”

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    A pioneering scheme to reduce the number of type 2 diabetes cases in Bromley has won a prestigious national award and was shortlisted for another

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