The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has prevented thousands from getting type 2 diabetes, new analysis revealed today.
The analysis by University of Manchester researchers showed that the risk of diabetes progression was 20% lower in people with pre-diabetes referred to the NHS programme.
NHS England reported that more than 1.2 million people have been offered support through the programme.
Which provides people who have raised blood sugars with personalised lifestyle changes, including better quality nutrition, weight loss, and increased physical activity.
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Hugh Orridge, 54, recently completed the programme and said: ‘ The programme has helped me lower my blood pressure which is now in the ‘ideal’ range. Before I joined, my blood pressure was 140! I’ve also lost six inches off my waist. I am sleeping better, get to enjoy more time with my family and I am much calmer and find that I deal with situations much better.’
Today’s research builds on previous analysis, which found the NHS programme reduced the number of new type 2 diabetes diagnoses by 7% between 2018-2019 in England.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Steve Barclay said: ‘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.’
Professor Evangelos Kontopantelis from the University of Manchester highlighted how type 2 diabetes is a major public health concern, with more than 3 million people currently diagnosed with it in the UK.
‘This study is good news for the Diabetes Prevention Programme which we show beyond doubt is a powerful way to protect your health.’
Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, welcomed the results of the analysis as it contributes to existing evidence that shows many cases of type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented.
‘It’s clear the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme can be a real turning point for people.’