Westminster Health Forum keynote seminar diabetes

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 28 March 2008



(2008), "Westminster Health Forum keynote seminar diabetes", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 38 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2008.01738bab.016



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Westminster Health Forum keynote seminar diabetes

Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition

With an estimated 2.35 million people with diabetes in England alone, and treatment costing 5 per cent of the NHS budget, diabetes is set to become a major issue for policy makers and industry. This seminar was organised to coincide with the UN Resolution designated World Diabetes Day. Discussion was focused on the way forward for UK public policy in particular approaches to improving care and education in dealing with diabetes. The morning was structured to be of practical use to both policy makers considering future approaches to these issues and those working in and alongside the health service, as well as citizen's groups, businesses and support services, and public institutions outside the NHS. Sessions at the event were:

  • evidence on the realities of diabetes in the UK;

  • latest thinking on the links between diabetes, obesity and cardio-vascular disease;

  • perspectives on a possible need for a more integrated approach to prevention and treatment;

  • how can cultural and communicative barriers be overcome to improve access to care for those from low income and black and other ethnic minority groups;

  • are GP's contacts delivering quality diabetes and cardio-vascular disease services; and

  • what is best for patients: QOF, NICE Guidance or JBS2?

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