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NHS weight management programme makes clinical difference in patients with type 2 diabetes

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k177 (Published 11 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k177
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

An inexpensive weight management programme delivered in the NHS has helped patients with type 2 diabetes achieve long term weight loss and improved glycaemic control, leading to a reduction in their diabetes medicine.

The study, published in Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism,1 examined records from an NHS 16 week lifestyle programme. It found that patients who successfully completed the programme had no increase in their oral diabetes medicine and were only half as likely to progress to insulin as those who did not complete the programme and those who did not lose weight.

A renewed focus on weight loss programmes for treating type 2 diabetes includes a …

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