Campaign to tackle Type 2 diabetes
17 March 2015 09:55
The programme aims to prevent Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and health leaders are aiming to do just that with a new campaign.
A National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, is to be rolled out, targeting the individuals most at risk of developing the condition.
It aims to implement drastic lifestyle changes, encouraging people to be more active and eat heathier diets.
Trials in the United States, Japan, China and India have shown 30% to 60% reductions in incidence over three years in adults at high risk, through intensive lifestyle change programmes - and England wants to follow suit.
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The new programme will initially target up to 10,000 people in England at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, followed by a national roll-out.
Some 2.5 million people in the country already have the condition, while another 9.6 million are considered to be at high risk of developing it in the future.
This means the total affected could hit four million by 2025.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens says it is time for the NHS to start practising what it preaches.
He claims it is well-known that obesity prevention cuts diabetes risks and helps to save lives, so the programme will give people all the advice and support they need to lose weight, exercise more and eat better.
Seven places across the country have been chosen to take part in the initial phase of the programme.
Drives will focus on weight loss, physical activity, cooking and nutrition.