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9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes

People finishing the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme have lost the equivalent weight of 43 ambulances. Nationally, 89,604 people have now finished the programme, losing a combined weight of 185,051kg. This is equal to 43 ambulances.

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the evidence-based lifestyle change programme will double in size over the next few years to support around 200,000 people per year.

It is designed for people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia. This is the term given to having blood test results showing a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes).

Nine out of ten people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. This is around four million people in the UK and has doubled in the last 20 years due to increasing levels of excess body weight. Treating diabetes and its complications costs the NHS more than £10 billion per year.

Complications from the disease can include blindness, amputations, kidney disease and a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Projections show that, if current trends continue, 1 in 10 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2035. An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and being overweight are all risk factors for developing the condition.

Jonathan Valabhji, NHS National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes, said:

“Helping people avoid diabetes is potentially life-saving, so these results are encouraging, but ultimately the NHS cannot win the fight against obesity alone, which is why we are providing people with the tools to help themselves – changing lives and freeing up vital NHS resources.”

Chirag Bakhai, GP in Luton and Clinical Advisor to the NHS Diabetes Programme said:

“Since it launched in our area in May 2017, nearly 10,000 people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia have been referred to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.”

The 9-12 month programme provides personalised support. It includes help with healthy eating, getting physically active and achieving a healthy weight. All of which can prevent type 2 diabetes.

For more information about Type 2 diabetes and the symptoms visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-2-diabetes/symptoms/.