Latest figures from The Diabetes Prevention Programme
A national drive to prevent type 2 diabetes could help delay or stop up to 18,000 cases of the condition from developing over five years.
The figures were unveiled by Matthew Fagg, the director of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP), at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference in Manchester in March. The initiative could also save £1.1 billion in health benefits and by year 12 could become cost saving. The programme was developed to identify those at high risk of type 2 diabetes and refer them onto a behaviour change programme.
There has been strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions supporting people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.
The programme started in 2016 with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people and making up to 20,000 places available. Those referred will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Over a minimum of nine months patients will be offered at least 13 education and exercise sessions of 1–2 hours (at least 16 hours face to face or 1-to-1 in total). This will roll out to the whole country will take place by 2020 with an expected 100,000 referrals available every following year.
The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
Source: The Diabetes Times www.diabetestimes.co.uk
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