New research shows that the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme has saved thousands of people from the consequences of type 2 diabetes

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New data suggests that the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) resulted in a 7% reduction in the number of new diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in England between 2018 and 2019.

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can have a devastating impact on people and their families—it is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age, and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and many of the common types of cancer.

The NHS DPP, also known as the Healthier You programme, identifies people at high risk of type 2 diabetes and refers them onto a 9-month evidence-based lifestyle change programme. People enrolled receive advice on healthy eating and exercise that can help prevent them developing the condition.

According to new University of Manchester research, someone completing the 9-month scheme reduces their chances of getting type 2 diabetes by more than a third (37%).

Evidence has shown that the NHS spends around £10 billion a year on diabetes—around 10% of its entire budget—and the NHS DPP is highly cost effective in the long-term.

Since the programme’s launch in 2016, the NHS Long Term Plan expanded access so that up to 200,000 people each year will benefit.

NHS National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, Professor Jonathan Valabhji, said: ‘The evidence is now clear—the NHS is preventing type 2 diabetes and is helping thousands of people to lead healthier lives.

‘Summer 2018 saw England become the first country to achieve universal coverage with such a programme. This latest evidence shows that the programme can have a major impact on peoples’ lives.’

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