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Diabetes remission for healthcare professionals

Resources and tools to help you deepen your understanding of type 2 diabetes remission and support your patients. 

It’s now widely accepted that for many people with type 2 diabetes, remission can be a realistic way of managing the condition and improving their short-term and long-term health. 

Type 2 diabetes remission is defined as a sustained metabolic improvement where HbA1c levels return to below 6.5% (48mmol/mol) and which is sustained for at least 3 months in the absence of glucose-lowering medications

This global definition was agreed by a group of leading diabetes experts from Europe and America, including our Head of Care Douglas Twenefour and the DiRECT trial co-lead Professor Roy Taylor.

Type 2 diabetes remission information hub 

Healthcare professionals have told us that they need high-quality, evidence-based information so they can confidently and freely talk about remission with their patients. We've have easily-accessible, central place where you and your patients get evidence-based answers to questions like:

  • What is type 2 diabetes?
  • How do people go into type 2 remission
  • What are the options for trying remission safely?
  • What support is available?

There's remission-specific diet and exercise advice, plus real-life stories from people with experience of type 2 remission.

Visit our type 2 diabetes remission information hub

Type 2 diabetes remission Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module

This free Diabetes UK CPD e-learning module is accredited by the Royal College of Nurses. It aims to equip you with  knowledge, skills and confidence to have conversations about remission with people living with type 2 diabetes.

Modules include the evidence base of remission, key safety considerations, determinants of health and behaviour change.

View our CPD e-learning module

Research on type 2 diabetes remission 

"I’ve come full circle from feeling unsure about DiRECT, to an absolute advocate. With the DiRECT results being released, there’s increased demand and interest in remission. People are talking about it far more. I would absolutely support somebody if that’s what they wanted to do." - Lesley Slaughter, Community Dietitian in Stirling, and one of the healthcare professionals involved in DiRECT

Information Prescription for type 2 diabetes remission

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