Demographics of people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia published
Initial findings from a report into the number of people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia have been published.
Data has been gathered from GP practices alongside the National Diabetes Audit for the period January 2020 to March 2021, outlining the demographics of people in England who have non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, including ethnicity, BMI, smoking status and frailty.
One of the key findings is that 2.4 million people in England were recorded as having non-diabetic hyperglycaemia – an increase from 2.1 million in 2019-20. However, the difference is most likely due to an increase in the recording of the diagnosis during 2020-21.
The report is from the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP), a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK to deliver evidence-based behavioural interventions that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in adults with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.
The short report, which is for England only, is now available, with further reporting to follow during 2022.
It also includes the numbers of people recorded in GP practices as having been offered DPP behavioural change courses up to the end of March 2021, and the numbers that have declined, or not declined, to attend these courses.
Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia refers to blood glucose levels that are above normal but not in the diabetic range (HbA1c 42-47 mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%) or fasting plasma glucose 5.5-6.9 mmol/l).
People with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They are also at increased risk of other cardiovascular conditions.