Flash glucose monitoring
In common with all CCGs across the country, and in response to a request from NHS England, our policy towards ‘flash glucose monitoring’ is being carefully reviewed.
There is no National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance available and there is limited evidence to prove that this technology improves patient health, which is why it has not been supported for prescribing to date. If or when this position changes the CCG will ensure clinicians are advised and publish any criteria for eligibility.
NHS England plans to publish a set of guidelines defining which patients may receive this technology and we are awaiting the publication of their view on the clinical criteria for patient groups.
It is planned that if the guidance is made available, the Norfolk and Waveney Joint Strategic Commissioning Committee will consider this guidance in the early part of 2019 to determine how it may be utilised from April 2019. Following this, information will be available on CCG websites.
Around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.
As well as the human cost, Type 2 diabetes treatment accounts for just under nine per cent of the annual NHS budget. This is around £8.8 billion a year.
There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.
We can stop it - most people can avoid it
There is strong international evidence that if we have a healthy weight and be more active, we can significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) will identify people at high risk and help them change the way they live to avoid Type 2 diabetes.
People referred will get help on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.
While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.
Phil in Norwich has been on the course, it has changed his life for the better:
Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today. Use the diabetes risk tool to find out.
Share the message
Encourage your family and friends to check their risk and raise awareness of the campaign.
Ask your doctor if you are worried - he or she can refer you to the Diabetes Prevention Programme if you need it.