A new website has been launched to help improve heart health among people living in Scarborough and Ryedale.
The Healthy Hearts website is designed to help reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack among people considered to be most at risk, and reduce the number of people dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease – a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.
The website has been created to help people living in Humber, Coast and Vale – a region which covers Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, Vale of York, Scarborough and Ryedale.
More than 220,000 people in the Humber, Coast and Vale area are affected by high blood pressure, while around three in 10 people (more than 72,000) have undiagnosed high blood pressure. More than 32,000 people living in the area have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and almost 30,000 people have experienced a stroke or mini-stroke.
The Humber, Coast and Vale Healthy Hearts website contains a wealth of information about how people can reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including advice about healthy eating and exercise. It also features interactive tools, with users able to use the website to determine their high blood pressure risk.
The website forms part of collaborative efforts by healthcare organisations in the Humber, Coast and Vale area to reduce the number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease. They are committed to improving the health of people who have cardiovascular disease, or are at risk of developing it, as it remains one of the most significant health challenges in the area.
More than a quarter (26%) of all deaths in England in 2017 were caused by cardiovascular diseases, with coronary heart disease and stroke accounting for the majority of those deaths. Cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but it can often largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
Dr Greg Black, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG Governing Body Member and Lead for Cardiovascular Disease, said: “Heart disease and stroke are two of the biggest ‘killers’ in Scarborough and Ryedale. Often linked to smoking and obesity, it’s imperative these issues are tackled.
“The new Healthy Hearts website will be important resource for GPs and other healthcare professionals, while giving people the tools and confidence to make those all-important lifestyle changes.”
Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Planned Care at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “The Humber, Coast and Vale Healthy Hearts website will become a key asset to healthcare professionals and patients to help reduce instances of cardiovascular disease in our communities.
“Heart disease remains a significant challenge for health organisations within the Humber, Coast and Vale area but one we are determined to overcome by working with healthcare professionals and members of the public alike to enhance cardiovascular disease education and improve cardiovascular disease detection.
“Heart health should be everybody’s concern so visit www.humbercoastandvalehealthyhearts.co.uk for information on how you can improve your heart health and take steps to protect against cardiovascular disease.”
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People in Scarborough and Ryedale and across the wider Yorkshire and Humber region are being encouraged to know their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – by taking an online test, which takes just three minutes to complete.
Some 12.3 million people in the UK are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure, limb amputation, heart disease, stroke and even early death.
Identifying the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as early as possible is crucial so people can make lifestyle changes sooner to lower their risk of developing the condition. Around three in five Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented if people maintain a healthy weight, eat well and increase the amount of physical activity they do.
People living in Humber, Coast and Vale – a region including Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale – are encouraged to visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to find out whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Those people who are considered to be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes should contact their GP surgery to find out whether they are eligible for the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – a free, personalised programme to encourage individuals to make small and achievable changes in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
Participants will receive support to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in a number of ways. A dedicated health coach will support them to make positive changes to their diet and encourage them to be more physically active. As they progress on the programme, they will build on their dietary knowledge and their progress will be reviewed after six months and again at nine months.
Since its launch in July 2018, some 2,000 people across the Humber, Coast and Vale area have been referred to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Nationally, patients who have participated in the programme have lost an average of 3.6kg.
People aged 40 and over are also encouraged to get a free NHS Health Check to assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
While Type 2 diabetes is largely linked to lifestyle, some people are more likely to develop the condition if they have an immediate relative who has diabetes, or if they come from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. In addition, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases as a person gets older.
Diabetes Prevention Week, which takes place between 1 and 7 April, aims to raise awareness about Type 2 diabetes and increase knowledge about how to prevent the condition.
Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Diabetes at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, and Chief Operating Officer at North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Tackling Type 2 diabetes is hugely important for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership as we want everyone in our area to have the opportunities and support they need to stay healthy and age well.
“I would encourage people living in the Humber, Coast and Vale area to visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – it takes only a couple of minutes to complete the online test. People in at-risk groups are particularly encouraged to complete the test.
“If the test indicates a person is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes they could be eligible for the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. So far, more than 250,000 people nationally who were on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes have been referred to classes which offer advice and support on food, diet and exercise.”
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Published on Apr 20, 2018
Scarborough and Ryedale residents are being encouraged to eat healthy foods and be more active to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, with a major programme of work to support people with diabetes now under way.
It is thought nearly 12,000 residents in Scarborough and Ryedale are currently at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to other serious conditions including stroke, heart disease, limb amputation, blindness and early death.
Treatment of diabetes costs the NHS more than £8 billion every year – that’s 10 per cent of the entire budget – and one in six patients in hospital has diabetes.
Around nine in 10 people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes which is closely linked to obesity and yet is largely preventable by eating healthily, being more active and losing weight.
GPs and other healthcare professionals in Scarborough and Ryedale are using Diabetes Prevention Week (16-22 April) to encourage residents to improve their future health.
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Clinical Lead for Diabetes, Dr Chris Ives, said: “Since 1996 the number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to 3.3 million and it is estimated that 5 million people are now at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
“It’s a ticking timebomb for the NHS, yet Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle choices.”
Meanwhile, a programme of work to provide extra support to patients with diabetes is now and up and running.
NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG in partnership with Vale of York CCG collaborated with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to secure around £430,000 through NHS England’s Diabetes Transformation Fund.
One element of the programme is to review specific cohorts of patients with diabetes and offer targeted support to those people who have higher than recommended HbA1c levels, blood pressure and/or cholesterol that could lead to additional complications.
The additional support may also include a specialist GP review, psychology and social worker intervention, as well as medicines management help.
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