How to prevent pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes
‘ Run, walk, crawl two laps and call me in the morning’ is the advice healthcare practitioners should be handing out to their patients and not some prescription for medications.
Too many times diabetic patients are given drugs for their condition and no follow-up advice on how to reduce the dosage. They are instead given additional or stronger prescription to treat the problem.
Diabetes is a serious condition and every effort should be made to educate those who have it on the necessary lifestyle changes to make in-order to better manage their health.
The NHS in the UK has the right idea. Read what they are doing to get . . . .
Diabetes patients to get ‘information prescriptions’
It is hoped that the page-long printouts will nudge patients in the right direction to avoid serious long-term complications such as amputation.
If someone is not meeting their blood glucose target, for example, an alert will flash on their GP’s computer.
Experts say only a third of diabetics have good control of their condition.
According to the charity Diabetes UK, only 36% of diabetes patients meet the three targets set for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
‘Long and healthy lives’
The A4 printouts that patients can take home with them offer tips on how to gain better control over risk factors that greatly influence their long-term health.
A pilot scheme, run by the NHS and Diabetes UK, found information prescriptions were well received.
Barbara Young, chief executive of the charity, said: “Our ultimate goal is for people with diabetes to live as long and as healthy lives as possible, and information prescriptions will be an incredibly powerful tool to help them achieve this.”
She pointed out that people with diabetes only see a healthcare professional for a few hours a year and, the rest of the time, must manage their condition themselves.
Diabetes tsar Dr Jonathan Valabhji said: “The personal cost to individuals and the financial cost to the NHS of diabetes complications are immense.
“Information prescriptions are a really positive development that will enable primary care to help people with diabetes better understand and take ownership of their diabetes, and so empower people to avoid developing complications in the long term.”
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P.S. Diabetics must incorporate a diet that leads to better glucose management and an exercise program to aid the body in getting sugar out of the blood and into the cells where it can be used for energy.
P.P.S. Visit How to Prevent Pre-diabetes for information on how to prevent pre-diabetes condition or borderline diabetes.