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Wider societal approaches to preventing Type 2 diabetes

11.9 million people in the UK – one in four adults – are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes due to being overweight or obese. Research tells us that a significant proportion of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by eating healthily and being active. This is why Diabetes UK is working hard to ensure that individuals know their risk of developing the condition, have the opportunity to take action to reduce their risk, and live in an environment that supports healthier living. 

The following resources provide essential reading on the research underlying policy options which can be enacted by Government to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. Good practice examples from local areas that are delivering projects to prevent Type 2 diabetes are also provided. 

Essential reading

Shared practice examples

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