Type 2 diabetes
Get with the programme
Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our time.
It can cause personal suffering through its complications – it is a leading cause of sight loss, lower limb amputation and kidney failure, and can contribute to heart attack and stroke. Diabetes and its complications cost the NHS over £10 billion every year to treat and one in six patients in hospital now has diabetes.
There is strong evidence that the onset of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in those at high risk, through improved quality of diet, through increase in physical activity, and through successful weight loss.
The free Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme provides guidance on eating healthily, managing weight and being more active. It is a sustained lifestyle change programme, delivered locally, in local settings. Although the programme is normally delivered in groups at different times and locations, right now it's offered over telephone or group video conference, or online through apps and websites. Expanded access to the programme follows recent analysis that those living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with Covid-19. Over a quarter of a million people have been referred into the programme so far.
Eligible participants can now sign themselves up to the programme online – as well as being referred by a healthcare professional. The first thing people need to do is find out if they are at risk of developing the disease by using the Diabetes UK risk tool.
If identified as moderate or high risk, they will be invited to sign up to their local Healthier You service. They will also be advised to visit their GP for a blood test.