Prevention

There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes.

There is strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.

The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. Currently 250,000 are enrolled in the diabetes prevention programme nationally.  In our region we have over 32,000 people referred onto the programme.

In many cases diabetes can go into ‘remission’ if weight is normalised. For example in the diabetes audit, weight loss of 15kg within a year was associated  with 86% remission of type 2 diabetes. Please look at our diabetes prevention leaflet for further advice.

Please see our resources page for more information on Prevention.