27th August 2015 – Extra help coping with diabetes for people with diabetes

Posted on August 27, 2015 by AireAdmin No Comments

A new course to help patients diagnosed with diabetes cope with their condition has just been rolled out to Craven.

The X-PERT Diabetes Programme has already been running successfully in Airedale and Wharfedale for patients with Type 2 diabetes, either newly diagnosed or who have had the condition for a long time. They can be referred by their GP, practice nurse or other health professional or sign up for it themselves.

It is a structured programme based on national guidelines run by a specialist diabetes nurse and specialist diabetes dietitian for between 10 and 15 people. The aim is to support participants with setting realistic goals and making changes to their lifestyle, such as what they eat and increasing their activity level.

The extension of the programme has been funded by NHS Airedale Wharfedale and Craven clinical commissioning group to run in this area initially until March 2016. Nationally there is a growing epidemic of people with Type 2 diabetes.

Lilian Dunphy, aged 71, said she felt ‘lucky’ to get a place on the X-PERT course  which had been held at Fisher Medical Centre, in Skipton.

“It was fantastic. I thought I would know about everything already – but I didn’t. I learnt about the benefits of eating slow release foods such as porridge, what you should choose when shopping as the group were taken on a trip out to a supermarket, which desserts are best when eating out and how you should divide your plate up into each type of food.

“The information was great, we were all given a handbook to refer to and the course leaders were lovely. I really appreciated the programme and was quite disappointed when it finished,” she said.

Lillian, of Skipton, was diagnosed just over a year ago and believes her condition was brought on partly by a period of stress in her life. Now she has better control of her condition and her blood glucoselevels have reduced.

Some possible benefits of taking part in the course are:

  • increased energy levels
  • improved fitness
  • more dietary freedom and dispelling myths
  • lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • weight loss
  • reduced risk of heart disease and other long-term conditions
  • improved quality of life.

Laura Rowe,  diabetes specialist dietitian and team leader at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The X-PERT course helps participants understand how their body works to give them greater control over their condition.”

She added:  “There has been a rapid rise in the number of adults developing Type 2 diabetes in recent years. This is due mostly to increasing levels of obesity, as well as low levels of exercise and an ageing population

“It is important that people with Type 2 diabetes eat a healthy, balanced diet and have a healthy weight. The X-PERT programme will support participants with these goals.”

Dr Graeme Summers, executive GP at NHS Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “There has been successful take up already in some parts of the CCG area of the X-PERT Diabetes Programme and this latest development in Craven ensures services are accessible in all areas the CCG covers.

“Opportunities for sustained lifestyle change are amongst the most clinically effective interventions that we can offer to people with diabetes. This programme supports our objective of supporting people to be active participants in their own health care, and the CCG is committed to increasing the availability of educational programs like X-PERT to enable people to do this.”

Courses have recently been held at Dyneley House Surgery and Fisher Medical Centre in Skipton and Ilkley Moor Medical Practice. There are six sessions which run weekly and patients receive a handbook of the programme.

Anyone wanting to join the X-PERT programme can ask their GP or health professional for a referral – or simply contact the team based at Horton Park Diabetes Centre themselves tel: 01274 323729.

The X-PERT diabetes team at Airedale Hospital recently were highly commended at the Trust’s own Pride of Airedale Award ceremony for their work.




Notes for editors

The number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade, according to Diabetes UK.The charity said more than 3.3 million people have some form of the condition, up from 2.1 million in 2005.

Roughly 90% of cases are type 2 diabetes, which is the form closely linked to diet and obesity.

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