New technology is helping people with Type 2 diabetes in Norfolk and Waveney to better understand and manage their condition.

Clinical studies show that improving self-management skills leads to better health for people with diabetes. It also reduces the chance of suffering from the complications of diabetes – such as heart attack, blindness and stroke.

To help people with Type 2 diabetes conveniently access structured education, the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership is piloting a new digital resource called Mapmydiabetes.

Once a person has been diagnosed with diabetes, they can be supported to access Mapmydiabetes by their GP or Practice Nurse.

The new tool is currently being mobilised across Norfolk and Waveney and will be made available for all adults with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.  

The number of people with Type 2 diabetes in the UK is increasing and tackling the condition has become a key priority for the NHS both locally and nationally. 

In Norfolk and Waveney around 81,000 people are living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes and many more are likely to be at risk.

Type 2 diabetes risk factors:

  • Age. The older you are, the more at risk you are.
  • Family history. You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes
  • Ethnicity. You’re more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you’re Chinese, South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black-African
  • Weight. You’re more at risk if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle
  • Blood pressure. You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.

Dr Clare Hambling a GP and NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical lead for diabetes, said: “We are really pleased to begin offering the Mapmydiabetes online tool to patients in Norfolk and Waveney.

“It contains lots of really useful information about diabetes that helps patients understand and manage their condition better.

“It enables patients to learn about diabetes, set goals to improve their health, record and track their progress and share information with their GP or Practice Nurse. The system is

very easy to use and patients can access it at home or out and about on laptops, tablets and mobile devices.”

Dr Hambling added: “It is very important that you find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes because then you can get support to lower your risk.

“If you think you might be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, visit your GP practice. You may be eligible to join the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

“This programme is in place across Norfolk and Waveney, and supports you to make changes to your weight if appropriate, your levels of physical activity, and your diet.

“You will get advice from professionals and be able to talk to other people using the Healthier You service.

“We know making changes can be tough, but with our support you can take control of your health and significantly reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

Anyone can find out if they are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by visiting www.diabetes.org.uk/knowyourrisk