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Risk of type 2 diabetes reduced by a fifth in prevention programme
New research shows that the the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 20% lower in people with pre-diabetes referred to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) when compared to similar patients not referred to NDPP.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 20% lower in people with pre-diabetes referred to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) when compared to similar patients not referred to NDPP, according to new research.
The analysis by University of Manchester researchers shows that over 1.2 million people have been offered support through the programme, with personalised lifestyle changes including better quality nutrition, weight loss, and increased physical activity.
The programme has been offered to adults in England who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes as part of radical action by to tackle rising obesity rates and to prevent people from developing the condition.
The research builds on previous analysis, which found the programme scheme resulted in a 7% reduction in the number of new diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in England between 2018 and 2019, with around 18,000 people saved the consequences of the condition.
Lifestyle modifications and type 2 diabetes
Professor Evangelos Kontopantelis from The University Manchester said: “Type 2 diabetes is a major public health concern which has been rising globally, with over 3 million people in the UK currently diagnosed with it.
“Previous studies have shown that both lifestyle modifications through diet and physical activity and medication can prevent progression to this condition.
”This study is good news for the Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Programme which we show beyond doubt is a powerful way to protect your health.”
Developing type 2 diabetes can have a devastating impact on people and their families – it is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, amputation, heart attack, stroke and many of the common types of cancer.
Previous estimates suggest that the number of people in the UK with diabetes could rise to 5.5 million people by 2030, affecting almost 9% of the population.
Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay added: “The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has seen promising results with a 20% reduction of risk to those taking part developing type 2 Diabetes, empowering people suffering with pre-diabetes to take control of their own health.
“Diabetes costs the NHS around £10 billion a year, but this evidence-based programme is an example of how we can help people make lifestyle changes to prevent the disease progressing, whilst ensuring value for the taxpayer.”
The study, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), and hosted by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, is published in the journal PLoS Medicine.
More information on the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is available via the NHS England website.