People at the highest risk of type 2 diabetes should be given intensive exercise and weight loss help by the NHS, NICE has recommended.
Healthcare professionals, from GPs to community nurses and pharmacists, should refer people with elevated blood sugars to exercise classes and nutrition courses, NICE has said in updated guidance. Lifestyle-change programmes, such as NHS England and Public Health England (PHE)’s ‘Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme’, provide personalised help for patients to change their diet and increase their physical activity.
NICE has identified 1.7 million people as having the highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and recommends that GPs should see specific groups of patients for a diabetes risk assessment.
Full guidance: Type 2 diabetes: prevention in people at high risk