Free NHS weight loss courses cut risk of type 2 by a THIRD

TUBBY Britons’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes falls by a third after taking free NHS fat-fighting courses, research shows.

Since its launch in 2016, around half a million overweight adults have participated in the slimming program.

Weight loss courses have helped prevent thousands of cases of type 2 diabetes


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Where the average successful participant sheds half a stone [3.3kg]Experts now estimate it has prevented 18,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes.

An analysis by the University of Manchester shows that the number of new diagnoses of the disease in England fell by seven percent between 2018 and 2019.

The £435 per capita NHS-funded fat-busting scheme offers lifestyle advice and cooking and exercise classes.

It is supplied by a number of suppliers including WeightWatchers and Living Well Taking Control.

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Researchers found that participants who completed the nine-month courses reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 37 percent.

NHS bosses plan to enroll 200,000 people a year in the diabetes prevention scheme in a bid to tackle rising obesity rates.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body loses its ability to process sugar, mainly as a result of weight gain and a poor lifestyle.

More than four million Britons are affected by the condition, which costs the NHS around £10billion a year to treat.

The NHS’ national clinical director for diabetes and obesity, Professor Jonathan Valabhji, said: “The evidence is now clear – the NHS prevents type 2 diabetes and helping thousands of people live healthier lives.”

Emma McManus, Research Associate at the University of Manchester, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem.

“However, if you change your lifestyle, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes goes down. Our research showed that the diabetes prevention program was successful in reducing the number of new cases of diabetes.”

Diabetes UK’s Emma Elvin said: “This study adds to the evidence that many cases of type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented with the right support and further underscores how the NHS Diabetes Prevention Scheme has been a real game changer for people may be at risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Earlier this year we shared how Diabetics were urgently warnedas experts fear they are at risk of limb amputation.

Doctors are now seeing more sores in people with diabetes who may have missed vital health checks during the pandemic.

Either patients couldn’t get the right help during lockdown, or failed to see doctors as they tried to stay away from the NHS.

But experts have said it’s “enormously worrying” as diabetics who are late with their appointments are at risk of losing their sight or limbs.

The checks are important to ensure that the feet are free of wounds, all wounds are treated properly and blood sugar levels are balanced.

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