England to get first ever evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention program

by Barbara Hewitt on December 23, 2014

A national type 2 diabetes prevention programme is being set up in the UK in a partnership between Diabetes UK and Public Health England, it has been announced.

The programme will include approaches that build on effective practice and to help find the 9.6 million people who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes in England and ensure they receive targeted support to reduce their risk.

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80% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by supporting people at high risk

The rise in the condition is fuelling the high rates of devastating diabetes complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke and the huge costs to the NHS.

Diabetes UK says it is really important that measures are in place to prevent the condition as 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by supporting people at high risk to take simple measures to follow a healthy diet and become more active.

The Five Year Forward View into Action paper states that a national implementation plan for the type 2 diabetes prevention programme will be published in March 2015. Local groups that have made great strides in developing type 2 preventative programmes are also being invited to help co-design the programme.

“We are really excited to be working with NHS England and Public Health England on the establishment of England’s first ever national evidence based type 2 diabetes prevention programme and applaud its ambition,” said Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK.

“The programme is essential if we are to reduce the numbers of people developing type 2 diabetes and its devastating complications. Right now 9.6 million people in England, that is one in four of the adult population, are at high risk of type 2 diabetes,” she explained.

“Around 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented so it is essential that we have effective support available everywhere for those identified at high risk,” she pointed out.

“The rise in type 2 diabetes is disastrous for families and financially crippling for the NHS and the taxpayer so focused and effective prevention programmes must be in place,” added Young.

Those interested need register their interest at [email protected] by the end of January 2015 to become part of the new national programme led.

“By March 2015 we will publish our agreed approach, and a nationwide implementation plan from 2016/2017 onwards. A national Prevention Board, chaired by PHE and bringing together NHS, local government and other stakeholders will oversee delivery of these commitment,” said a spokesman for Public Health England.

“We will take action to become the first country to implement at scale a national evidence based diabetes prevention programme, based on proven UK and international models, and linked where appropriate to the NHS Health Check,” the spokesman added.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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