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NHS Support Sees People Lose the Weight of 43 Ambulances

03 January 2020


People finishing the world-leading NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme have lost the equivalent weight of 43 ambulances.

Nationally, 89,604 people have now finished the programme, losing a combined weight of 185,051kg – which is equivalent to 43 ambulances.

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the evidence-based lifestyle change programme will double in size over the next few years to support around 200,000 people per year. It is designed for people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (the term given to having blood test results showing a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes).

9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. This is around four million people in the UK and has doubled in the last 20 years due to increasing levels of excess body weight. Treating diabetes and its complications costs the NHS more than £10 billion per year.

Complications from the disease can include blindness, amputations, kidney disease and a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Projections show that, if current trends continue, 1 in 10 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2035. An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and being overweight are all risk factors for developing the condition.

Jonathan Valabhji, NHS National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes said:

“Around two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are now overweight or obese, driving higher and higher rates of type 2 diabetes that we are now focusing huge efforts to prevent as part of our NHS Long Term Plan.

“Helping people avoid diabetes is potentially life-saving, so these results are encouraging, but ultimately the NHS cannot win the fight against obesity alone, which is why we are providing people with the tools to help themselves – changing lives and freeing up vital NHS resources.”

Chirag Bakhai, GP in Luton and Clinical Advisor to the NHS Diabetes Programme said:

‘There has been an amazing response to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Since it launched in our area in May 2017, nearly 10,000 people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia have been referred to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The 9-12 month programme provides personalised support with healthy eating, getting physically active and achieving a healthy weight, all of which can prevent type 2 diabetes. In the last few months, the provider has changed and we now have access to additional features including a digital service for people who cannot attend face-to-face sessions.’

The success of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme builds on wider measures to improve the treatment and care of diabetes in the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Notes to editors

Notes to editors

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative

In November 2018 the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes formed a new Commissioning Collaborative. This partnership, which has created a single executive team leading the three CCGs while retaining their independence and local accountability, enables the executive team to look at commissioning differently and will see the CCGs move towards a more transformational approach – working with partners both within and outside of the NHS to ensure that we deliver the right care locally.

Clinical Commissioning Groups Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for their residents. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

CCG’s are run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All GP practices are members of their CCG. 

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