Consultation on halting the rise in Type 2 Diabetes in under 5 years

Call for Evidence

 

I am currently consulting on how a Government could halt the rise of Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years.  

This consultation is exclusively focused on Type 2 diabetes. 

Why is this important? 

The rise in Type 2 diabetes is a national health crisis. The number of people with Type 2 diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in 20 years.  

The health impact of Type 2 diabetes can be devastating. It is linked to strokes, heart problems, sight problems, amputations, and even premature death 

12.3 million people across the UK are at risk of having Type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that being overweight constitutes 80-85% of someone’s risk of having Type 2 diabetes. In 2016 61%, that is almost two thirds, of adults carry significant excess weight.  Being overweight or even obese is an issue for children too 

Treating the condition costs the NHS £10 billion, the equivalent of 10% of its budget. These costs are rising and expected to exceed £35bn by 2035 if no action is taken. 

Background 

I have a personal interest in Type 2 diabetes. I was diagnosed with the condition a number of years ago, prescribed medication and assumed I would be taking it for the rest of my life.  However, after learning about how a change in diet and weight loss could improve the condition I have managed to come off medication completely and now consider my diabetes to be in remission. 

It has been suggested that over half of Type 2 diabetes cases might be prevented or put into remissionMany people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes do not know that the condition may be put into remission with a change of lifestyleThe longer someone has Type 2, the more likely it is that they will need to take lifelong medication.   

This personal experience of turning my life around has inspired me to look at how the powers of central Government could be used to stop the rise in Type 2 within 5 years.  

Scope of the consultation

My team and I are particularly interested in the prevention and reversal of Type 2 diabetes. We do not view this challenge as simply a matter of individual responsibility.  We are looking for radical solutions to a broken system. This will require a collective effort from producers, manufacturers, retailers, public services, and others as well as consumers.   

This consultation will take written evidence from interested parties with knowledge and/or experience of any of the four areas we have identified as liable to support significant change. 

  • Product Reformulation
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Keeping fit and healthy
  • Regulation and incentives 

This survey poses questions on each of these areas.

 

 

Consultation 

Please complete the survey by 12:00 on 28th May 2019. If you would rather email your submissions, you can download the questions here and email your responses to: action@tom-watson.com.

If you require longer please let us know. We cannot guarantee being able to consider contributions received after 28th May but will consider exceptional circumstances.