NHS diabetes prevention programme lowers numbers developing T2D

People with prediabetes who are referred to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme are 20% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes compared to people with prediabetes who were not offered this support, new research shows.

The NHS Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme is offered, in partnership with Diabetes UK, to adults in England who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes. Over 1.2 million people have been offered support on the programme, which includes personalised lifestyle changes to enable weight loss and increase physical activity.

The researchers identified over 700,000 people with prediabetes across more than 2,000 GP practices across England and compared 18,470 of those who were and 51,331 of those weren’t referred to the programme.

They found that the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes was 20% lower in the referral group. In other words, for every 1,000 people referred to the Diabetes Prevention Programme, the researchers would expect 127 people to go on to develop Type 2 diabetes within three years. But for every 1,000 people not referred, the researchers would expect this number to be 154.

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