Thousands at risk of type 2 diabetes to be offered wearable tech – The Guardian

Wearable tech such as watches and trackers will allow people to monitor their exercise levels. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people in England at risk of contracting type 2 diabetes will receive wearable tech to help monitor their exercise level, the NHS has said.

Up to 8,000 people could benefit from the digital scheme designed to combat the disease, which has been spreading rapidly on the back of the obesity epidemic.

They will also have access to apps which allow users to access health coaches and educational content; online peer support groups; and the ability to set and monitor goals electronically.

Dr Jenifer Smith, the diabetes prevention programme director at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Many of us use on-the-go digital technology every day and this is a fabulous next step in diabetes prevention.”

Fitness trackers are big business in the UK although their effectiveness has been caused into question.

Pilot schemes found that offering access to online advice significantly boosted the numbers taking up the flagship Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP), a partnership between NHS England (NHSE), which funds it, PHE and Diabetes UK.

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