A weight loss programme for people with type 2 diabetes in derbyshire is being extended

Weight loss scheme for people with type 2 diabetes expands to reach more people in Derbyshire

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Tue 6th June 2023

Hundreds more people with type 2 diabetes in Derbyshire are set to benefit from a free NHS weight loss scheme.

It’s after a successful pilot programme designed to help people lose weight and potentially put their diabetes into remission was extended for a further two years.

Derbyshire was one of 10 areas in England to trial the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission programme – with more than 400 people in the county being supported to lose an average of 2 stone 2lbs after six months.

Under the scheme, participants undergo 12 weeks of total diet replacement, with soups and shakes. Normal food is then reintroduced gradually over six weeks and participants are then supported to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the remainder of the 12-month programme.

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The extension of the scheme will aim to enrol 500 more people on the programme.

The scheme has now been extended for a further two years with a target to enrol 500 more people on the programme.

Those with type 2 diabetes who are eligible to take part in the scheme will be referred by their GP or diabetes nurse.

Dr Karissa Owen, GP lead for the programme and GP at Littlewick Medical Practice in Ilkeston, said: “We have been so fortunate in Derbyshire to be one of the first pilot sites for this programme.

“I have spoken to people with diabetes who have lost five stone and completely reversed their diabetes. It’s changed their lives.”

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Dr Chris Weiner, medical director with NHS Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care Board, said: “This programme is an important part of our work to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and support patients into remission.

“Research has shown it is highly effective and because it is an NHS programme it is free of charge for participants.

“It has worked because GPs and practice nurses have proactively identified people who might benefit and then provided the support that people need.

“This project is a great example of our work to support people in Derbyshire to live healthier lives and to reduce their reliance on the NHS services.”

Picture credit – Tesa Robbins from Pixabay

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