“It is an encouraging time with a range of new drugs, innovations and clinical trials in the pipeline which will offer tools and strategies to manage diabetes.
“In the next 12 months, there will be new combined medications which we expect will help with weight loss and the maintenance of glucose levels.
“These drugs will have the potential to halt the march of diabetes.”
For many people a combined approach of exercise, diet and medication will achieve significant results.
“I often tell my patients you can’t change your age or your genes, but we do have control over what we eat and how much exercise we do. Exercise is crucial to improving the body’s metabolism.”
“Importantly, there also needs to be greater access to these promising new medications, and a greater focus on the condition.
“Unlike cancer and heart disease, diabetes often doesn’t receive the attention and funding it deserves. There is a stigma associated with obesity and diabetes, a belief that people have brought it on themselves, neglecting the fact that it is a genetically driven disease.”