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Early identification of people with Type 2 diabetes

The sooner that Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the better. This can help reduce the risk of a person going on to develop devastating complications. Early identification can also spot people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and help them delay or prevent the condition.

What action needs to happen?

Diabetes UK supports the following to help secure early identification of Type 2 diabetes:

  • We support the recommendations of the UK Expert Committee that those with an HbA1c of 42-47mmol/mol (6.0-6.4%) should be considered high risk, even if asymptomatic.
  • We currently use the term “at high risk of Type 2 diabetes” for those with Non-diabetic Hyperglycaemia. Although the term 'prediabetes' has become more common in the lay press, in general Diabetes UK won’t use that term because of the lack of clarity over what is meant by prediabetes.
  • We supportNICE public health guidance 38and theNHS Health Check programmein England and calls for them to be fully implemented along with further calls to action, especially in the other nations of the UK who are looking at targeted risk assessment.
  • We support the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in England and would encourage similar developments in the other three nations.

Download the full position statement,Early identification of people with Type 2 diabetes, 2015 (PDF, 400KB).

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