A Warwickshire GP who specialises in the treatment of diabetics has welcomed new national guidance that everyone over the age of 40 should have a diabetes risk assessment.
The updated guidance from the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) sees the 1.7 million people in England with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes.
The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment. Adults with conditions such as obesity, stroke or high blood pressure and high-risk ethnic minority groups are also encouraged to go for an assessment.
Dr Nick Tait, of Leamington-based TFJ Private GP Services, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to serious complications so it’s vital to prevent it from developing in those at higher risk. I welcome the new guidelines which recognise the importance of preventing the condition and the serious harm it can cause.
“Around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year and 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 – around £8.8 billion a year.”
Dr Tait, who specialises in the care of diabetic patients in his practice, added: “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 ten will develop Type 2.
“Diabetes prevention programmes are successful — with the right advice and support, people with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can take simple but significant steps to prevent it developing.”
If you want to speak to a doctor about diabetes or other health issues, you can make an appointment by calling TFJ Private GP Services on 01926 436303.