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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes?
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm, House of Commons

6 months from Flash Glucose Monitoring: What’s next for Access to Technology?
CHANGE OF DATE: Thursday, 19 July 2018
2:15pm to 4:00pm, House of Commons


Reversing Type 2 Diabetes?

Around 60 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making lifestyle changes: having a healthy balanced diet, moving more and losing weight, if you are overweight. But once Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, what can be done?

Scientists have researched and demonstrated how bariatric surgery and new weight management treatments can help people put their Type 2 diabetes into remission or at least reduce their medication.

While not a permanent cure, this research could completely change the way millions of people living with Type 2 diabetes are treated in the future, with extraordinary benefits for the individual and the NHS.

What is the longer-term impact and effectiveness of these treatments? Can treatments like this be offered as active treatment options to people with Type 2 diabetes in the future?

There is not a one-size-fits all approach and it is extremely important that dietary recommendations are based on good evidence rather than individual opinions. Diabetes UK’s new nutrition guidelines recommend an individualised approach which may include dietary, physical activity, surgical and medical strategies. People with Type 2 diabetes considering losing weight should get support and advice from a healthcare professional.


6 months of Flash Glucose Monitoring – What’s next for Access to Technology?

Flash glucose monitoring helps people to safely manage their condition, improving their quality of life and reducing the risk of serious diabetes related complications such as amputation and blindness.

Six months ago, it was announced that flash would be made available on the NHS across the UK – but it’s local decision makers who choose whether to fund flash in their area. And too many are making the wrong decisions.

Thousands of adults and children living with diabetes are being denied a new life-changing technology. And this is nothing new. From Flash Glucose Monitoring, to Continuous Glucose Monitors, Test Strips and Insulin Pumps – while new technology offers the hope of making diabetes more manageable, often these innovations do not reach the people who need it the most.

What have some local decision makers saw that others did not? What is the impact of being denied access to technology? And what can be done to help end the unfair postcode lottery access to technology?


The APPG will hear from academics, specialists, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. This is a formality as there is no requirement to pre-register for this meeting. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served.

 

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Diabetes and Podiatry, how to reduce amputations?

Is a ‘cure’ for Type 2 diabetes possible?
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
5
:00pm to 7:00pm, House of Commons

6 months from Flash Glucose Monitoring: What’s next?
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
2:15pm to 4:00pm, House of Commons


Is a ‘cure’ for Type 2 diabetes possible?

Around 60 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making lifestyle changes: having a healthy balanced diet, moving more and losing weight, if you are overweight. But once Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, what can be done?

Scientists have researched how bariatric surgery and new weight management treatments can help people put their Type 2 diabetes into remission or at least reduction in medication.

While not a permanent cure, these researches can completely change the way millions of people living with Type 2 diabetes are treated in the future, with extraordinary benefits for the individual and the NHS.

What is the longer-term impact and effectiveness of these treatments? Can treatments like this be offered as active treatment options to people with Type 2 diabetes in the future?

There is not a one-size-fits all approach and it is extremely important that dietary recommendations are based on good evidence rather than individual opinions. Diabetes UK’s new nutrition guidelines recommend an individualised approach which may include dietary, physical activity, surgical and medical strategies. People with Type 2 diabetes considering losing weight must get support and advice from a healthcare professional.


6 months of Flash Glucose Monitoring – What’s next?

Flash glucose monitoring helps people to safely manage their condition, improving their quality of life and reducing the risk of serious diabetes related complications such as amputation and blindness.

Six months ago, it was announced that flash would be made available on the NHS across the UK – but it’s local decision makers who choose whether to fund flash in their area. And too many are making the wrong decisions.

Thousands of adults and children living with diabetes are being denied a new life-changing technology.

What have some local decision makers saw that others did not? What is the impact of being denied access? And what can be done to help end the unfair postcode lottery access to flash?


The APPG will hear from academics, specialists, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. This is a formality as there is no requirement to pre-register for this meeting. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served.

 

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Emotional and Psychological Support for People with Diabetes

Emotional and Psychological Support for People with Diabetes

22nd March 2018, 2:15 to 4:00pm, House of Commons

APPG Diabetes Meeting Agenda_Emotional and Psychological Support

APPG Diabetes Meeting Minutes_Emotional and Psychological Support


Being able to access appropriate psychological support is an integral part of self-management, and is a core service component in the NHS Right Care pathway for diabetes.

However, more than three-quarters of people with diabetes were not offered emotional or psychological support when they needed it.

At least four in ten people with diabetes experience emotional or psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety and diabetes distress. This can impact their ability and motivation to self-manage, leading to poorer health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and increased healthcare costs.

How can we ensure fewer people experience difficulties coping with diabetes? And how can we make appropriate support is available across the UK for anyone who needs it?

The APPG will hear from academics, specialists, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.


Invitation to submit written evidence

The APPG wants to hear about the psychological support available to people with diabetes and their families. We want to better understand the importance of this service for diabetes self-management and what can be done to improve the support available.

Please consider these evidence sheets with guiding questions:

APPG Evidence Sheet – For people with diabetes

APPG Evidence Sheet – For Healthcare Professionals

APPG Evidence Sheet – For parents and carers of people with diabetes (about themselves)

APPG Evidence Sheet – General

 

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Next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan

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Next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan, Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Committee Room 6, Houses of Parliament, 2:00 – 4:00pm

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled over the last 10 years and there are now 11.9 million people at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Whilst Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese, which more than one in three children in England are by the time they leave primary school.

  • The public, both with and without diabetes, need to be equipped with the information they want and need to help make healthier choices about the food they eat in and out of home. Is clear food labelling an important next step for the plan?
  • Research also shows that there is a clear link between the food and drink adverts children see and their food choices and how much they eat. What role should junk food marketing restrictions have in any updated plan?
  • The sugar reduction programme is aiming for an initial 5% reduction in sugar from foods most commonly eaten by children by March 2018. Should the programme be extended and also made mandatory to ensure we meet these targets?

The APPG for Diabetes welcomed the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan in 2016, looking to the future and further action, what more can we do to tackle the obesity and Type 2 diabetes crisis? What should be the next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan? The APPG will hear from academics, specialists and healthcare professionals on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.

After speeches by the participants listed below, the Chair will open the discussion to the audience.

Participants:

  • Dr Shreelata Datta, member of the British Medical Association (BMA) Board of Science
  • Caroline Cerny, Lead at Obesity Health Alliance (OHA)
  • Pav Kalsi, Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK
  • Dr Ana Prokajac, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Prof Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Policy at London Metropolitan University

 

If you would like to attend please email diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Please remember that seats are limited and spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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Diabetes Specialist Nurses

Diabetes Specialist Nurses

Next meeting: 29th November 2017, 4-5:30pm, House of Commons

Agenda is available here.

APPG Diabetes Meeting Minutes_Diabetes Specialist Nurses

While having a vital role for people with diabetes, Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSNs) have been facing overwhelming challenges. The workforce gets smaller while the demand gets bigger, with the ever increasing number of people diagnosed with diabetes. How can we improve the training, retention and progression of Diabetes Specialist Nurses?

The APPG will hear from healthcare professionals and people with diabetes on the importance of DSNs for diabetes care and the challenges faced across the UK.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.


Call for evidence: If you have an experience, case study or best practice to share, please contribute to our report and send in a written submission to diabetes-appg@outlook.com until midnight November 26th. Submissions can be in any format and length.

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PHE’s Calorie Reduction Programme – What do we need?

Reduction Programme: What do we need?

Next meeting: 18th October 2017, 4-5:30pm, House of Commons

The agenda is available here

APPG Diabetes Meeting Minutes_Calorie Reduction Programme

Participants have been asked to consider the following questions:

  • What do you think are the key opportunities presented by the Calorie Reduction Programme and how is your organisation going to make the Calorie Reduction Programme a success?
  • What do you think are the key challenges of the Calorie Reduction Programme and what could your organisation do to overcome them?

After a discussion with the participants listed below, the Chair will open the discussion to the audience.

 Participants:

  • Alison Tedstone, Deputy Director Diet and Obesity, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England
  • Professor Russell Viner, Professor in Adolescent Health, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability, British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • Kate Halliwell, Nutrition and Health Manager, Food and Drink Federation (FDF)
  • Will Blomefield, Head of UK Government Relations, Tesco
  • Tony Sophoclides, Director of Communications, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)
  • Wan Mak, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sodexo UK and Ireland
  • Gabriella Bittante, Policy Manager, British Hospitality Association (BHA)
  • Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead, Obesity Health Alliance (OHA)
  • Jenny Rosborough, Campaign Manager, Action on Sugar
  • Chris Askew, CEO, Diabetes UK

With 11.9 million people at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and the number of people diagnosed doubling over the last 10 years, strong action is needed to reduce levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The APPG for Diabetes welcomes Public Health England (PHE) recent announcement for a Calorie Reduction Programme. This is the next stage of the Childhood Obesity Programme, and an important step towards making our society healthier. Looking towards ensuring the success of the programme, the APPG will host a roundtable in which specialists, charities, manufacturers, retailers and the out-of-home sector are invited to share their knowledge, experience and concerns with parliamentarians. The information gathered will be used to inform an APPG report.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing diabetes-appg@outlook.com. Due to limits on room capacity, please note that admittance will be on a first come, first served and one organisation, one person basis.