Clinical update

Preventing type 2 diabetes

More than four million people are living with diabetes in the UK.

Essential facts

More than four million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and nine in ten of those have type 2 diabetes, says Diabetes UK.

There are 200,000 new diagnoses annually and around £10 billion is spent every year on diabetes care – roughly 10% of total NHS spending.

The first programme to prevent people in England developing type 2 diabetes was launched last month. Run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, Healthier You covers 27 areas, with 20,000 places available.

It rolls out further by 2020, with an expected 100,000 referrals then available every year. Those referred will get tailored help to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating, lifestyle and weight loss, and a bespoke physical exercise programme.

Main symptoms include passing urine more often than usual, especially at night;

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