Targeting Pre-diabetes Through Primary Care

Targeting Pre-diabetes Through Primary Care

Pre-diabetes is defined as a higher than normal blood glucose concentration and is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. It is estimated that over half a million people in Wales could have pre-diabetes and that within 12 months 5 – 10% will develop diabetes while a similar percentage will return to normal blood glucose levels. In 2015, the North Ceredigion GP Cluster initiated a pre-diabetes intervention that targeted patient education and lifestyle modification. Research student Nicholas Gregory and his supervisor Dr Rhys Thatcher have been working with the GP Cluster to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. One year after the intervention started 44 of the 130 patients who had pre-diabetes had regained normal glucose control. The study is still ongoing but the data are extremely supportive of early identification of, and, educational intervention for delaying the development of type II diabetes

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