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Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes

Scottish government framework aims to prevent type 2, and to detect it and intervene earlier

Louise Prime

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Health leaders in Scotland have welcomed the Scottish government’s new plans to improve the prevention and early detection of type 2 diabetes, and for early intervention in those already diagnosed with the disease, through targeted weight management interventions. The Scottish government said as it launched its new framework yesterday that its aim is to “support our delivery partners in making progress towards our shared vision of improved weight management services to better support the people of Scotland to live healthier lives”.

A healthier future: framework for the prevention, early detection and early intervention of type 2 diabetes provides national guidance for Health Boards and partners on the design and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated weight management pathway for those at risk of developing, or those diagnosed with, type 2 diabetes.

In his foreword to the report Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, minister for public health, sport and wellbeing, pointed out that in 2017 the Scottish government announced a £42m investment to improve the provision of weight management services for those with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes; and this year it is allocating funding to a first tranche of early adopter NHS boards, who will redesign and co-produce appropriate services.

He said: “With the right support and guidance, individuals can be empowered to mitigate their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and, for those recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, to improve management of their condition to delay and avoid complications. This pathway will complement the wider work taking place to deliver effective, person-centred weight management services to support the people of Scotland achieve healthier lives.”

NHS Health Scotland’s senior health improvement officer Frances Birch commented: “Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is an important way to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes – it can also support people with the condition to stay well. This new framework sets out ways to do this as it recognises that additional intensive support for some groups is necessary to improve health and reduce health inequalities.”

“By providing support to people with or at risk of type 2 diabetes to maintain a healthy weight, the framework can help to achieve some of the aims set out in the recently published A healthier future: diet and healthy weight delivery plan.”

“We will continue our work with Health Boards and partners, supporting people to maintain a healthy weight, including setting minimum standards for Healthy Weight interventions and will take account of any learning from implementing this framework.”

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