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Managing Type 2 Diabetes

A ‘first of its kind’ online tool developed by researchers at UCL, which allows people with type 2 diabetes to better manage their condition, is being trialled across the NHS.

HeLP-Diabetes – The online portal allows people with type 2 diabetes to have evidence-based information and support available at the touch of a button, giving them convenient and quick help to deal with the physical and mental challenges of diabetes.

The resource will make the right advice available from home, work or on the move, helping people manage their health and well-being independently, potentially preventing the need for extra medical attention or the condition becoming worse.

A team of researchers led by Professor Elizabeth Murray (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care), developed the tool and earlier trials have shown people making use of the online courses and information reduced their blood glucose levels, a crucial part of managing type 2 diabetes. There are currently more than 2.8 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and a further 750,000 people are believed to be living with the condition undiagnosed.

NHS England has confirmed 11 sites will pilot the new service, with a national roll out from 2020.

Trialled through funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the service demonstrated significant improvements in people’s average blood sugar and an improvement in the mental health of people newly diagnosed with the condition.