In Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, people recruited on to the new programme tackling Type 2 diabetes will benefit from a partnership between Health Exchange CIC and Westbank Community Health and Care, collectively known as known as Living Well Taking Control LLP, to help them make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce their risk of developing the disease.
The recently launched national programme has already been piloted in seven areas and will now work with four national providers to commence national roll-out across England.
Led jointly by NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, the ‘Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’ aims to reduce the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, an already serious public health problem within England which puts additional pressure on the NHS’s already strained budget. Every year Type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion, which equates to almost 9% of its budget and causes 20,000 early deaths per year.
There are currently 5 million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence exists which shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.
Type 2 Diabetes is largely caused by lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise and being overweight, and these are the areas which the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will support people.
To find out more about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention programme, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention/