NHS shares successes of Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme

NHS England has revealed that over half of overweight patients who routinely attended sessions on the NHS Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme achieved an average weight loss of 3.3kgs.

The flagship programme, which has recently launched a digital support pilot project, is designed to stop or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions, including advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes.

The early findings show the programme has exceeded expectations with patients losing an average of 1kg more than originally predicted. With one in six patients in hospital having diabetes, it is reported to cost the NHS over £6 billion every year to treat, making prevention schemes invaluable.

Speaking at Diabetes UK’s Professional Conference, Simon Stevens, chief executive at NHS England, is expected to say: “The NHS is already leading the way in the battle against the obesity crisis by slashing the sale of sugary drinks and super-sized snacks in hospitals, and the results now coming out of our diabetes prevention programme are also positive. Obesity is the new smoking and the scale of our response needs to match the scale of the crisis.”

Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, at NHS England said: “While it is early days, this data from several thousand people is very promising. Not only is our prevention programme exceeding the initial targets set for referrals and equity of access, what we are now starting to see is the first set of encouraging weight loss results too. Type 2 diabetes is heavily linked to obesity and if those on our programme continue to lose weight, as this snapshot suggests, then it is a step in the right direction and this programme can be an effective part of the solution.”

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