Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people in preventing glucose spikes in their blood sugar.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England has advised that ‘glucose spikes’ may refer to glycaemic variability - the short term (within hours or days) or long term (over months or years) variation in glucose levels.

A number of actions that have been undertaken by NHS England, alongside future actions outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, have the potential to address glycaemic variability:

- Improved access to structured education. In line with existing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, structured education should be offered to all patients within 12 months of diagnosis of diabetes. NHS England has invested £10.5 million this year to improve attendance at structured education by people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes;

- Equitable and increased access to flash glucose monitoring in people with type 1 diabetes;

- Access to continuous glucose monitoring for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes; and

- Low calorie diets as a means of achieving remission of type 2 diabetes in those with recent onset.

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