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Weight loss in type 2 diabetes

Support from nurses is crucial to help obese and overweight patients achieve and maintain weight loss, explains Nicky Kime

Currently, the estimated global prevalence of diabetes is over 285 million and this figure is expected to increase to 438 million people by 2030. In the UK, since 1996, the incidence of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 1.4 million to 2.9 million. This number continues to rise and most health experts agree that by 2025 over 4 million people will have diabetes. The majority of cases will be type 2 diabetes because of our ageing population and the rising numbers of people, including children and adolescents, who are overweight and obese.1 For this reason, diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges affecting the UK.

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