NHS launches diabetes prevention programme

Physiotherapists could be key players in the development, planning and implementation of the NHS’ new programme, which aims to prevent 20,000 at-risk people from developing type 2 diabetes.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy supports the new programme and points to the economic and social benefits of reducing diabetes in the UK.

“I think this is a positive announcement, particularly because people with diabetes are at high risk of other long-term conditions, including cancer and heart disease,” said Katherine Malhotra from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care in a story published by the CPS.

According to figures published by the NHS, one in six people admitted to a hospital has diabetes. Although this is not normally the primary reason for admission, people with diabetes often face longer hospital stays and are at a greater risk of re-admission.

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