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NEWS

A creative project

involving people

living with Type 1

diabetes and HCPs

with a specialism

in the condition

has provided some

welcome respite

from the coronavirus

pandemic, as well as

a showing people of

all ages and backgrounds living with T1

have an array of talents. Art1st, instigated

by Professor Partha Kar, National Specialty

Advisor for Diabetes at NHS England

proposed a live event to showcase Type

1s in the visual and performing arts, to be

held in June 2020 but was put on hold

as the virus took hold. The organising

group - Agnieszka Graja, Peter Davies,

Partha Kar, Rosie Dennington, Ros Gray,

Abbey Cortazzi, Lydia Parkhurst, Adrian

Long, Lis Warren, Benjamin Byrne, Sarah

Ali Racanière, Nichola Copeland and Jazz

Sethi - established an online event for

people to submit and share their work.

Hundreds of top-quality submissions

were received from across the UK

and as far afield as India, the USA and

Canada, including drawing, painting,

sculpture, crafts, photography, music,

dance, fashion and poetry, which were

showcased every day for two months.

The website remains open, providing a

permanent showcase and reminder of

the talents of this supportive and sensitive

community. A live event is still planned

and will take place in central London

when appropriate, featuring some of the

best visual material alongside live poetry,

music and dance performances.

www.art1st.life

Cat image above by Oliver Carr.

ARTY PARTY

HEALTHIER YOU FOR TYPE 2S

T2 REMISSION SAVINGS

People at high risk of developing Type 2

diabetes are being fast-tracked into the

flagship Healthier You NHS Diabetes

Prevention programme following research

that revealed those living with diabetes

face a significantly higher risk of dying

with Covid-19.

The programme, which supports

people to lose weight and adopt healthier

habits, is the first national initiative of

its kind and has helped hundreds of

thousands of people.

People can use an online tool, hosted

by Diabetes UK, to calculate their risk of

developing Type 2 diabetes by answering

a series of basic questions including

age, weight and ethnicity. If their score

comes back as moderate or high, they

can refer themselves to a local Healthier

You service for support remotely or online,

without having to go through a healthcare

professional for a blood test.

Those who qualify will be able

to choose how they complete the

programme, either by joining group

sessions by video link or telephone with

an experienced coach or through digital

support, which includes online peer

support groups and, in some areas,

wearable tech.

The nine- to 12-month programme

is designed to stop or delay the onset

of Type 2 diabetes through a range

of personalised lifestyle interventions,

including: education on lifestyle choices,

advice on how to reduce weight through

healthier eating and bespoke physical

activity programmes.

Over half a million people have been

referred into the programme, and those

completing the programme who were

overweight or obese lost on average

3.6kg, greater than initially predicted.

GPs are also now being encouraged

to prescribe cycling as a way for their

patients to lose weight, as part of a new

government strategy to tackle the nation's

obesity crisis.

An economic study has shown the

DiRECT programme, which can put Type

2 diabetes in remission for some people,

could result in huge savings for the NHS.

In 2017, the first results from the study

revealed that through a low-calorie weight

loss programme, some people could go

into remission from Type 2 diabetes.

A paper from Dr Yiqiao Xin and Andrew

Davies at the University of Glasgow, as part

of the DiRECT team, reveals that the use

of a DiRECT-style approach to remission

is not only predicted to improve the life

expectancy of people living with type 2

diabetes, but also results in an average

saving to the NHS of £1,337 per person

over their lifetime. Compared to standard

care, the DiRECT style approach would be

cost-saving within six years.

Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of

Research at Diabetes UK, said: "The

impact of DiRECT has been huge.

Not only is the trial changing lives now,

but its findings offer hope to millions of

people living with Type 2 diabetes that

their condition may not always have to

be lifelong. We want as many people as

possible to have the opportunity to put

their Type 2 diabetes into remission. By

demonstrating the significant cost savings

to the NHS, which currently spends 10%

of its budget on diabetes care, this new

study could help the DiRECT approach

to become a fundamental part of Type 2

diabetes treatment for all."

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