Today, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guidance for preventing Type 2 diabetes in adults.
The new guidelines mean that people who are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes could be offered a place on an intensive lifestyle change programme, such as the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which will aim to help them change their diet and increase the amount of physical activity they do.
NICE have outlined that those who have a fasting glucose of between 6.5 – 6.9mmol/l should be prioritised.
Dan Howarth, Diabetes UK’s Head of Care, said:
“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to harrowing complications, so preventing it from developing in those at higher risk is hugely important. We welcome these updated guidelines from NICE, which recognise the importance of preventing the condition, and the serious harm it causes to those living with it.
We know that globally, diabetes prevention programmes do work, and we know that with the right advice and support, people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can take simple but significant steps to prevent the condition developing.
The success of initiatives such as the Diabetes Prevention Programme depend on everyone across the health service pulling together with a shared goal. We hope this updated guidance will give clinicians the confidence to make prevention their priority, identify those at high risk, and refer them into the Diabetes Prevention Programme.”