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Earlier identification of people with Type 2 diabetes (our position)

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?

  • 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 we won’t use that term because of the lack of clarity over what is meant by it.
  • We support NICE public health guidance 38 and the Health Check programme in 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.

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

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