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Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

From BBC - September 15, 2017

People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes.

Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England.

The programmes help people to change their diet and do more exercise.

The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment.

Adults with conditions such as obesity, stroke or high blood pressure and high-risk ethnic minority groups are also encouraged to go for an assessment.

Weight loss help

Last year, NHS England and Public Health England developed an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in response to the guidance.

This means that in many parts of the country those at high risk are referred for personalised help to lose weight, eat more healthily and start a physical exercise programme.

The new guidance means that where resources are limited, those with the highest glucose levels should be prioritised for places on the lifestyle programmes.

NICE said the programmes should also be designed to help as many people as possible, including those with mental illness or dementia.

There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, NHS England says.

It says one in 10 will develop the condition by 2034, potentially leading to kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and sight loss, unless prevention is made a priority.

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