- Chris Morris
- Jun 20, 2017
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NHS England has unveiled the second tranche of the Diabetes Prevention Programme.
This will involve 30 new areas delivering the scheme to those patients considered to be at risk of developing the debilitating condition.
Recent data has indicated that Britain has experienced a diabetes epidemic over the last few years.
And the new initiative is intended to tackle this growing problem.
The Diabetes Prevention Programme is run collaboratively by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
And it was launched during 2016 with with the first wave of the programme covering 27 areas and over 26 million British people.
According to the latest data, just under 50,000 people were referred in the first wave and more than 18,000 on the programme at the end of April, exceeding the latest targets.
It is intended for the second wave of the initiative to cover a further 25% of the population.
This will entail an additional 130,000 referrals referrals and object 50,000 further places made available as part of the expansion.
With the ambitious programme well underway, the bodies involved in its delivery were pleased to announce that funding has been agreed with the government for another twelve months in the existing twenty seven sites.
Those entered into the program will be provided with a range of personalised advice in order to assist them with avoiding the development of diabetes.
This will include education on healthy eating and lifestyle, weight-loss assistance, and bespoke physical exercise programmes.
The initiative will run for nine months for each individual patient, and will see those enrolled offered around 15 education and exercise sessions of between one and two hours.
At least 16 hours face to face or 1-to-1 will be included in total.
Britain is just one country in which diabetes rates have increased massively over the last couple of decades.
Indeed, approximately 2.6 million people in England already have some degree of type II diabetes, with an additional 200,000 diagnoses resulting every year.
This is despite the fact that this form of diabetes can be almost eradicated through lifestyle changes alone.
Diabetes already costs the NHS a staggering £1.5 million every hour, and the scheme could also have a massive financial benefit for the system, aside from the health gains.
Indeed, 80% of the total expenditure on diabetes is involved with treating almost entirely preventable complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke.