About diabetes

There are currently 3.8 million people with diabetes.  It’s estimated that 3.4 million have Type 2, with a further five million currently at risk of developing it.  It’s predicted that by 2035 there will be an estimated 4.9 million people with diabetes in England.   You might be surprised to know that around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year in England. Type 2 diabetes is a growing health issue and one which NHS England is tackling with its head on, with its diabetes programme which not only focusses on  prevention but on treatment and care of the disease.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is the world’s first nationwide programme designed to reduce people’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.  An indirect result of tackling risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, is to improve the health of the nation while at the same time reducing a major financial burden on the health and social care system.  As well as helping people manage diabetes, the programme also has the potential to prevent a number of associated conditions including sight loss, kidney failure, cardio vascular disease and stroke.

The NHS DPP is a key part of NHS England ambition to advocate a range of new approaches to improving health and wellbeing.  It’s a programme which can be measured and evaluated, to demonstrate the potential for prevention activity: to improve the long-term health of the population and reduce the burden of il -health on the NHS.  The programme is an integral part of a healthcare system wide strategy, to reduce sugar consumption and tackle obesity.

These pages showcase where we are and what we’ve achieved under the three main areas:

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The following infographic illustrates that 167,000 people have been referred to the NHS DPP programme and that 71,000 have actually taken it up so far.  It also highlights that the programme will be available across England.  The image  shows that the programme is reaching groups most at risk: with 25 per cent of patients coming from an ethnic background and 45 per cent being under 65 years of age.

Infographic for the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (further details above)