The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) was launched last year in an effort to help high risk patients stop or delay the onset of full blown type 2 diabetes. There has now been further progress on this programme as the NHS have announced they will be introducing digital tools and tech wearables in order to get closer to achieving their goal.
The use of these new tech resources will be trialled by more than 5000 people in an effort to tackle obesity and high blood sugar levels, both of which are common precursors to Type 2 diabetes.
This new pilot offers similar support to that of the NHS DPP in the fact that it offers assistance and guidance, but this time the support is offered through the new digital interventions, which they are hoping will encourage more people to make use of the programme.
The technologies on offer revolve around promoting a healthier lifestyle in order to bring blood sugar levels down. This could include things like personal coaching sessions, support groups and other apps that can help set and achieve positive goals. Patients could also receive wearables as part of the programme, which are becoming increasingly valuable in treating diabetes. These wearables could track activity, sleep and eating habits, and some could also be paired with a smart weighing scale. There is a rumoured possibility that a future version of the Apple Watch could include a function that is able to monitor glucose to help diabetics better manage their chronic condition.
The idea behind these new technologies is to further encourage people to lead healthier lives, and although they are primarily being designed to help prevent diabetes, truth is that a healthy lifestyle could help prevent a number of other chronic illnesses developing as well.
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