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Pre-Diabetes Advice: a summary of current best-practice and research


posted by Carl Billington on 2013-08-30 10:26:29.272

Approximately 226,000 New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes (VDR, Dec 2012), but the estimated number of people with pre-diabetes is more than double that (with varying estimates upwards of 500,000).

To provide a bit more support for health practitioners in addressing pre-diabetes, we asked members of the National Diabetes Service Improvement Group to help us pull together the best current thinking on addressing pre-diabetes through our health system. We have provided their advice below.

The attached advice aims to give primary care practitioners and their patients more specific guidance about reducing the risk of developing diabetes. We hope to refine the advice as further research becomes available. There is also a lot of excellent work already happening in this area in primary care, which we expect will also inform further developments in our approach.

In the meantime, please feel free to distribute this advice across the sector to the health practitioners you are in contact with. We also welcome any additional feedback and input you might have, as we continue to work towards a more integrated, whole-of-population approach to addressing this important issue.

Thanks again

The Long-term Conditions Team, Ministry of Health.

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