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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL1542, tabled on 11 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of cases of type 2 diabetes.

Answered on

25 February 2020

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to fund a doubling of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) over the next five years, including a new digital option to widen patient choice and target inequality. The programme supports individuals with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia over nine months to achieve a healthy weight, improve nutrition and increase physical activity, therefore reducing their risk.

The NHS DPP was established in 2016 to support individuals at risk of type 2 diabetes. It is the first national evidence-based diabetes prevention programme of its kind and over 500,000 people have so far been referred to the programme. In 2019 the programme achieved its 2020 NHS Five Year Forward View Target to support 100,000 people a year and over 250,000 people have progressed to the first stage of the programme since commencement.