This is a great article from BBC's Doctor in the House that highlights the "prevention" need and opportunity. The WHO suggest that 90% of Type 2 Diabetes could be prevented through lifestyle change. To achieve impactful global change through prevention, society needs scaleable cost-efficient solutions for personalised support which result in sustainable lifestyle change. More importantly, we need a paradigm shift from disease management to prevention.
Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 3.5 million people in this country and is thought to cost the UK around £20bn per year in both direct and indirect costs. This is a staggering amount of money spent on a condition largely caused by our lifestyle choices and environment. ... Too much of our focus in medicine is reactive and treatment kicks in only once you have a disease. If there is any hope of saving our NHS, we have to be much more proactive at recognising and treating problems early on. The future of healthcare needs to be preventive and personalised. It's what I call progressive medicine, and there is an ever-growing need for us to practise it right now. Type 2 diabetes: a real need for preventive medicine.