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GP referral to prevention programme helps prevent type 2 diabetes, study finds

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4770 (Published 17 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4770
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Referring obese patients with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia to a diabetes prevention programme supporting weight loss and physical activity prevented progression to type 2 diabetes in more than one third of those attending, a UK primary care study has found.1

Type 2 diabetes is a major public health challenge, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke by more than five times and shortening life expectancy by an average of 10 years. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing rapidly but the …

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