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Type 2 diabetes prevention programme is needed to tackle projected five million rise in cases

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4648 (Published 28 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4648
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A nationwide diabetes prevention programme, due to start next year, is needed to help prevent an estimated five million people in England who are at risk of type 2 diabetes from developing the disease, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

This conclusion came from a report published on 26 August by PHE,1 which provided what it called the “most accurate and robust estimate” yet of how many people aged over 16 years in England had blood sugar levels in a range showing hyperglycaemia, or a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The report, compiled by PHE’s National Cardiovascular Health Intelligence Network, was commissioned by the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which will support people in reducing their …

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