NHS to prevent thousands of diabetes cases with new programme

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NHS to prevent thousands of diabetes cases with new programme

Up to 100,000 people in England may be part of the world’s first nationwide programme to help prevent Type 2 diabetes, when a new government scheme reaches its planned capacity in 2020.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will start this year with a preliminary wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people, half of the population, and making up to 20,000 places available.

“Around 500 people every day find out they’ve got Type 2 diabetes, a serious but often preventable health condition. By offering targeted support for at-risk individuals, the NHS is now playing our part in the wider campaign against obesity – which is already costing the country more than we spend on the police and fire service combined,” said NHS England ceo, Simon Stevens.

“The benefits for patients will show up as hospitalisations prevented, strokes avoided and amputations averted. This programme is a reminder that the ‘H’ in NHS stands for health.”

Those referred to the scheme 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.

There are currently 2.6 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.

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