News about diabetes


An article by Martin Cohen, Visiting

Research Fellow in Philosophy, University

of Hertfordshire, he states that it's poverty,

not individual choice that is driving

extraordinary obesity levels.

The "obesity epidemic" deserves

much more serious attention than it is

getting. It is putting huge pressure on


health services, yet the public policy

response in developed countries such as

the US and UK is pitiful, largely confined to

finger-wagging at children's sugary treats.

Read the full article HERE.

[Thanks @chrisaskewCE, chef exec

Diabetes UK, for finding and sharing this]

Patients with Type 2 diabetes in

Portsmouth, South East Hampshire,

Fareham and Gosport will get access to

Our Path, a new online 'lifestyle change'

programme thanks to a partnership

between local CCGs, a diabetes charity

and the NHS.

The fact is that currently uptake of

people turning up to get advice from

services in person (such as attend an

education course held at a hospital) is low,

around 14%. Many who may be motivated

to make a change to their lifestyles simply

cannot give up the time to attend. This

new approach uses technology to reach

them. The Solent Diabetes Association,

a prominent local diabetes charity, has

funded this project to provide an online

lifestyle change programme to 150

patients across the three CCGs.

Patients are referred to take part in the

three-month Our Path programme to build

healthier habits, receiving a 'health box'

in the post containing an activity tracker,

wireless weighing scales, recipe book and

a handbook. These physical elements are

connected to the Our Path smartphone

app, enabling patients to track

improvements in their weight, steps and

sleep. Online groups of up to 10 people

are guided through the programme's

nutritional advice and educational content

by a dedicated health-coach.

Patients that complete the programme

can potentially reduce their diabetes

medication, average blood sugar levels,

increase their physical activity, food

confidence, well-being and achieve

weight loss.

Partha Kar is a Consultant in Diabetes

& Endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals

NHS Trust and Associate National Clinical

Director, Diabetes with NHS England

leading on digital innovation. He says:

"This is a fabulous example of a local

charity joining hands with the NHS to try

and deliver care in a modern setting. We

look forward to its progress and most

importantly results- to help us design care

for the local population in the future."

Professor Ken Shaw, Medical Advisor

and Co-Director of the Solent Diabetes

Association adds, "Maintaining motivation

of the necessary lifestyle adjustment for

optimal management of Type 2 diabetes

is never easy, but with this modern and

innovative approach, using the latest

educational benefits of social media

communication, implementing a friendly

'nudge' factor, we feel confident

this programme will provide

significant dividend for people

tackling their daily diabetes




Dr Partha Kar. Top: onscreen help from an Our

Path mentor. Below: The

Our Path box is posted.


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