What is the National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP)?
The Healthier You: National Diabetes Prevention Programme is an initiative that can help patients reduce their chances of getting Type 2 diabetes.
Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, is involved in this national initiative.
The programme is delivered by Ingeus in Shropshire, which is a leading health services provider.
Why is the programme important?
There are currently 3.4 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year.
While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.
Around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.
How can NDPP help?
The programme is aimed at identifying patients who are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. They are referred into the programme by their GP and begin a 10-week programme which provides personalised action plans and sessions which include advice and options for managing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
The programme covers healthy eating, lifestyle choices, help to lose weight and information about physical exercise.
These simple measures, as well as more awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes, could be the difference between having the condition – and avoiding it completely.
Who is the programme aimed at?
To be referred by your GP to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme you must:
Be aged 18 years or over
Not have a blood result confirming a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes
Have had a non-diabetic hyperglycaemia reading within the last 12 months
Who to contact for more information
If you are concerned that you may be at risk of Type 2 diabetes all you need to do is speak to your GP. Your doctor will be able to check if you are eligible for the programme and can then refer you.