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Diabetes: Competition launched for behaviour change platform

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A competition to win the opportunity to free access for 200 people across the U.K. living with Type 2 diabetes to a behaviour change platform has been launched.

The competition, launched by Ascensia Diabetes Care, aimed at NHS organisations such as NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups or NHS medical practices across the UK. The competition offers the chance to win free access to the Low Carb Program – a patient-centred diabetes behaviour change platform used by over 400,000 people worldwide.

Successful sites, whose applications will be judged by a panel of NHS specialists, will need to demonstrate that they have an implementation plan for identifying, engaging and initiating patients onto the Low Carb Program within 8-10 weeks of notification of successful application.

‘We hope that this competition will ignite the interest of primary care professionals across the country on the opportunity for Type 2 Diabetes remission,’ said Ros Barker, Ascensia’s Country Head UK and Ireland. ‘The Low Carb Program is supported by strong published evidence which includes the potential for members to reduce their medication and therefore save the NHS money.’

The Low Carb Program was developed by Diabetes Digital Media in collaboration with Dr David Unwin, the RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity and Diabetes.

It has peer-reviewed outcomes, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Diabetes. Outcomes at year one include an average weight loss of 7.4kg; 39% of members completing the programme reduce their HbA1c below the Type 2 Diabetes threshold and 1 in 4 place their Type 2 Diabetes into remission, saving the NHS on average £8353 per patient, per year, in reduced medication costs. In just under three months, most people with Type 2 Diabetes who complete the programme improve their blood glucose control whilst reducing or eliminating prescription medication and losing weight. After one year, data show that 26% of patients with Type 2 Diabetes are in remission.

‘By entering this competition from Ascensia, you have the chance to trial the programme with your patients with Type 2 diabetes for free and see the difference it can make to them,’ added Ms Baker. ‘The Low Carb Program can revolutionise our approach to supporting people with Type 2 diabetes, giving them the possibility of putting their condition into remission.’

To enter the competition, visit: https://www.ascensia.com/lcpcompetition

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