Type 2 diabetes prevention programme expanded

By Editor
3rd January 2017
Latest news, Type 2 prevention

NHS England’s national drive to prevent type 2 diabetes will be expanded.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will support 100,000 people a year across the whole country by 2020 through tailored, personalised help.

And now NHS England has announced a further £15m in extra funding to further roll out the programme, which is the world’s first nationwide scheme to stop people developing the condition.

The expansion over the next two years will make up to 50,000 more places available across 13 new areas and is in addition to funding for a second year in the 27 sites currently up and running.

The new measures to curb type 2 diabetes were pledged by the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens. These include funding more specialist nurses, providing diabetic foot care teams and a major evaluation of how digital technology such as apps and wearable technology could provide bespoke and easy-to-access support to many millions more people at risk.

In December, an application process to access £44m to improve diabetes care was opened by NHS England.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive at NHS England, said: “The NHS is now upping its game on prevention, helping 50,000 high risk individuals stave off type 2 diabetes.

“But unless we also take back control of our own health, 2017 is going to mean another two hundred thousand people getting obesity-related type 2 diabetes. It doesn’t have to be that way – small lifestyle changes prevent large life-altering health problems. Eating a bit less and losing five to ten pounds is far more useful than an unused gym membership or wildly ambitious New Year’s resolutions.

The NHS is now upping its game on prevention, helping 50,000 high risk individuals stave off type 2 diabetes

“As parents now’s the time of year to think about what we want for our children in the year ahead. Coming on the heels of new figures showing that nine in ten of us cant now recognise when our kids are overweight, we’re going to need a bit more ‘tough love’ so that every day of the year isn’t a Christmas-like splurge on supersized fizzy drinks and junk food.”

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK and provides education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England’s national clinical director for diabetes and obesity, said: “Diabetes prevention and patient care is a top priority for the NHS. Today we can announce significant extra investment that will provide support for millions more people across England who are living with the condition and helping those at high risk of developing it to reduce their chances of doing so.”

Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Every day, around 65 people with diabetes die before their time. This is way it’s so important we invest in preventing type 2 diabetes and improves care for people who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

“We want this money to transform NHS care so that millions of people currently living with diabetes get the right support to manage their condition and avoid devastating complications such as blindness and amputations.”

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “We should all be worried that the number of people with type 2 diabetes is still on the rise. Preventing it is one of the big health challenges of our time. We need to get the message across that diabetes is not an inevitable part of ageing and we can control what happens to our health.

“Making changes to our diets, especially cutting down on snacks high in sugar and saturated fat, and taking regular exercise is often all people need to do to avoid potentially devastating consequences to their long-term health.”

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