Diabetes Prevention

There are currently 200,000 new Type 2 diabetes diagnoses every year. If trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes.

There is strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly
reduce the risk of developing the condition.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme identifies those at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.

The NHS DPP is a behaviour change programme that helps those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes significantly reduce their chances of getting the disease.

Participants receive support to change their lifestyle in a friendly and supportive group environment, facilitated by specialist staff trained in behaviour change and diabetes prevention and recruited from the local community.

Participant journey

On referral, we conduct an individual assessment, including a BMI check and, where appropriate, very brief advice on smoking cessation.

Participants then attend 13 one hour group sessions over 40 weeks. They receive extensive supporting resources, including handouts, trackers and a pedometer. Designed by experts, our multi-component intervention is underpinned by a decade of research into community-based diabetes prevention and includes:

  • Be Aware – Understanding health risks
  • Eat Well – Nutrition guidance
  • Take Control – Behaviour change
  • Move More – Physical activity support

For those who are not able to attend our group sessions, they can access the service through a digital app provided by our partner Our Path.

You can access this programme by calling 0800 092 1191

To find out more about the local Diabetic Prevention Programme click on the links below:
Diabetes Prevention Programme Leaflet
Finding out your risk of Type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today.