In 2014, the Five-Year Forward View articulated clearly that, if the NHS is to be sustainable, it needs to get serious about prevention. The initial focus was on diabetes prevention; now the national prevention focus has switched to prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Use this free downloadable results sheet to help you and your patients make the most of the NHS Health Check. In addition to recording all the test results, the sheet features a list of personal goals and healthy lifestyle tips for your patient to increase motivation.
Patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes need to plan carefully before travelling long distances and taking holidays. Lifestyle changes can have an important impact on disease control, but a bit of thought and preparation beforehand should ensure that your patients' holidays are both happy and healthy.
A 20-year study demonstrates that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness reduce the risk for developing prediabetes or diabetes. This is the longest study conducted in this area and provides strong evidence that supports the commonly accepted view that fitness is beneficial in reducing the risk for prediabetes and diabetes.
Over half of all adults in the UK are overweight, according to latest figures. The number of people who are obese has tripled over the last 20 years, and is still rising. But is weight management an issue for primary healthcare teams? There is clear evidence that it is – with obesity being directly related to increased risk of death and a range of chronic diseases. Obesity reduces life expectancy, on average, by nine years.
At long last there is some encouragement for general practices to optimise detection and management of obesity. The new General Medical Services (GMS) contract includes 208 from a total of 1050 points available in the Quality and Outcomes Framework that are affected by weight loss, offering a major financial incentive to general practices to encourage patients to lose weight.
Intensified and multifaceted treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes and poor prognosis due to microalbuminuria extends median lifetime by 8 years compared with conventional therapy, according to a new long-term Danish follow-up study of the Steno-2 trial.
Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with intensive medical treatment using medications and lifestyle therapies, according to a new study. Up to 40% of study participants were able to stay in remission three months after stopping diabetes medications.
A new study suggests that a ‘Sit Less’ intervention ‒ breaking sitting with standing and light-intensity walking ‒ may be an alternative to structured exercise to promote blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes, giving improved 24-hour glucose levels and improved insulin sensitivity.
Despite good evidence that physical activity is effective in preventing health complications, less than half of adults meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity. This article reviews the use and value of high-intensity interval exercise (short bursts of exercise) in different groups to reduce the risk of long-term conditions.