Britain is facing a diabetes “car crash”. That’s the view expressed in a new report, called Impact Diabetes which predicts almost a fifth of the country’s NHS budget will be spent treating the condition by 2035
It has urged the Government to change its focus from treating complications to educating the public and health checks to prevent them developing the disease.
But how does Cumbria fit in to the equation?
“While recognising the ongoing challenge of the rising prevalence of diabetes, we have responded in recent years by firmly embedding a culture of structured education and support for self-management within routine diabetes care,” says Dr Robert Westgate, GP lead with Cumbria Diabetes.
The most high-profile scheme to address the issue has been the Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (Desmond) programme.
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