Diabetes 'epidemic' needs GP effort, says NICE

GPs should take an active role in tackling England's 'epidemic' of type-2 diabetes, according to NICE guidance published this week.

The advice aims to reduce the rising number of people developing the disease by uniting commissioners from health and social care, local authorities and stakeholders.

The guidance particularly focuses on those from black, ethnic minority or lower socio-economic groups, which are at greater risk of developing the disease.

London GP Dr Neel Basudev, who helped develop the advice, said it is ‘vital’ that steps are taken to reduce incidence: ‘As an inner London GP, I am seeing increasing numbers of patients in my practice with diabetes, which is a real concern.’

He added: ‘The recommendations in this guidance are wide-ranging but straight-forward, and I hope will go some way in helping this public health epidemic.’

Under the guidance, GPs will be asked to work with local health and social professionals to develop cost-effective lifestyle interventions to improve diet and body weight.

They must also help to ‘address misconceptions about what constitutes a healthy weight’.

Click here to read the guidance.

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