published on 08 June 2016
NHS England have launched a new programme that aims to help people who could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to lead a more healthier lifestyle.
Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will provide education on healthy eating and lifestyle advice to help people lose weight and encourage more exercise, all of which combined have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
More than 26 million people - half of the population will be potentially covered when the programme begins this year with a firt wave of 27 areas, and making up to 20,000 places available. This will be rolled out to the whole of the country by 2020 with an expected 100,000 referrals available annually in the coming years.
Those referred will receive tailored personalised help to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the latest figures, there are currently 2.6 million people with type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year.
Unlike type 1 diabetes, which cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, said: "Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges of our time and millions of people in England are at risk of developing this serious health condition."