Diabetes Prevention Programmes

Posted on March 31, 2016
Archive : March 2016
Category : News

Up to 100,000 people in England will be offered places on the world’s first nationwide programme to stop them developing Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes which affects more than 2.6 million people is one of the biggest health challenges of our time and millions of people in England are at risk of developing this serious but preventable disease.


 Diabetes – Key Facts:

  •  There are 4 million people with diabetes in the UK - 90% of these have type 2 diabetes.
  •  Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce any insulin and type 2 happens when it doesn't produce enough    or the body's cells fail to react to it.
  •  Type 2 is linked to being overweight or obese and can often be prevented through leading a healthy lifestyle.
  •  If current obesity trends continue, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 is likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  •  The risk of developing type 2 diabetes could be reduced by eating a healthy diet, losing weight stopping smoking, drinking in  moderation and performing regular exercise.
  • Complications associated with diabetes include cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease, depression, neuropathy  and amputation.

One in six of all people in hospital have diabetes –  and while diabetes is often not the reason for their admission, they often need a longer stay in hospital, are more likely to be re admitted and their risk of dying is higher.

GPs can refer patients who are at high risk of developing the condition to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

This personalised, tailored programme will offer support on improving their lifestyle habits, including getting more exercise, a better balanced diet and losing and keeping off excess weight - helping people to take more control of their health and ultimately prevent them developing what is potentially a life threatening condition.


The scheme will initially be available for 20,000 people across 27 areas of England which will be followed by a national roll-out by 2020.

Simon Stevens NHS England’s CEO said: “Around 500 people every day find out they’ve got Type 2 diabetes – a serious but often preventable health condition. By offering targeted support for at-risk individuals, the NHS is now playing our part in the wider campaign against obesity – which is already costing the country more than we spend on the police and fire service combined.

“The benefits for patients will show up as hospitalisations prevented, strokes avoided and amputations averted. This programme is a reminder that the ‘H’ in NHS stands for health.”