THE OZONE: Stem the tide of Type 2 diabetes and invest in education

THE OZONE. Views from the frontline of health

By Andy Broomhead, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 14 years. He is the chairman of his local Diabetes UK group, in Sheffield, a member of the national charity’s Council of People Living With Diabetes and founder of the popular @Brickabetes Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Andy Broomhead

Stem the tide of Type 2 diabetes and invest in education

Being asked to do incrementally more with less money is a huge challenge for the NHS. Being able to manage the growing pressures that conditions like diabetes are posing means having to adapt to different models of care to meet cost challenges

An aging population with more comorbidity presents an additional challenge to healthcare professionals and patients alike.

More needs to be done to educate the public about their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and consequently trying to stem the tide of those people developing the condition.

Access to, and outcomes of, the NICE recommend Care Processes need to be improved for all people with diabetes, to help reduce the risk of complications later in life. Adults over 40 with Type 1 diabetes, for example, tend to see poor outcomes on average and improving this demographic in particular is important.

There is rising demand for technology to help people manage their diabetes more effectively. While there are numerous benefits that technology can bring, ensuring both people with diabetes and healthcare professionals are adequately trained and supported to utilise this is important

We need to improving access to diabetes education courses like DAFNE and DESMOND, which can give people with diabetes the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition, and to mental health support. Issues like diabetes ‘burnout’ and eating disorders like diabulimia need a lot of support and education among healthcare professionals.

• Andy is a member of The Ozone, a hand-picked group of health experts brought together by Oyster Healthcare Communications to discuss ideas and share best practice across therapy areas. Follow him on Twitter @BroomOwl

Read more from Andy and his fellow panellists in Issue 1 of The Ozone e-magazine.

Published on: February 14, 2017