Dr Jones, who is currently fronting a raising awareness campaign for the global diabetes community Diabetes.co.uk explained his rationale, saying the lifestyle and medical advice support offered to patients after they have a cardiac arrest is skewed: the help and support should be offered beforehand.
“Similarly if a patient attends surgery who is overweight they should be told there’s a personal trainer attached to the surgery who can help you lose weight.
“The doctor and practice nurse should go along and see the personal trainer too, as well as the patient… it’s a model of medical care.”
Dr Jones explained that 90% of diabetes cases in the UK are Type 2 which is “highly preventable” and takes up around 10-15% of the NHS budget. As well as advocating assigning personal trainers to every doctors surgery he would also encourage hospital trusts to build a gym attached to the hospital, which could be used by medical staff during the day and by fee paying members of the public at night.
He said he would also call on the government to ban the advertising of junk food and not allow them to sell off playing fields.
He also advised doctors that online forums can be a great source of information and parental support outside of surgery hours, saying: "Diabetes.co.uk is a patient to patient forum which aims to raise awareness and provides education for the diabetes community. Diabetes.co.uk helps to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes," he said.
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Dr Jones wants doctors to pass on positive health messages to their patients. He said: “It’s true that diabetes cases are increasing because of sedentary lifestyles and rising levels of obesity. However people who eat a healthy diet and take regular exercise can actually reduce their insulin resistance.
This means that if you develop it, it is not a life sentence and won’t affect your quality of life.”
For more information on the support available to patients diagnosed with diabetes visit http://www.diabetes.co.uk