Direct Support For Diabetes

Direct Support For Diabetes

Community dietitian Lesley Slaughter, one of the healthcare professionals involved in a specialist weight management programme for diabetics, has been featured in a quarterly magazine from Diabetes UK.

Lesley‘s work in the DiRECT study – a trial funded by Diabetes UK and led by experts at Glasgow and Newcastle Universities – has seen her helping participants through initially  introducing local calorie soups and shakes in an 800 calorie diet,  providing support to re-introduce normal food, and importantly encouraging them to maintain their weight loss.

The latest findings from DiRECT reveal weight loss can put Type 2 diabetes into remission; two thirds of those who lost 10 kilos or more are in remission two years later. The programme, which is delivered through Primary Care, has also been found to result in a better quality of life and reduce the need for diabetes medications compared with standard care.

Lesley admits she approached DiRECT with the same apprehension and caution as any other dietitian would. “This is something, which until then, I would never have recommended to my patients, never mind deliver it. But part of what I really enjoy about dietetics is that our practice is constantly changing as new research is published. So to be involved in a piece of research like this was exciting.

“Anyone who receives remission after years of taking prescribed medications is amazing. In my experience the participants most successful at staying in remission are those who are monitoring. So weighing themselves frequently, continuing to monitor their dietary intake using a diary or an app.

“The learning for me has been absolutely huge and I feel fortunate to have had the research team on hand.”

Summer 2019 News