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Weight loss targets exceeded on NHS type 2 diabetes prevention programme

Patients on the programme have lost an average of 3.4kg - over one kilogram more than originally predicted

Ingrid Torjesen

Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Patients on the NHS type 2 diabetes prevention programme (DPP), which is being rolled out to help people at risk of the condition prevent or delay its onset through lifestyle changes, have smashed their weight loss targets, NHS England has announced.

The 17,000 people with type 2 diabetes who have attended most of the healthy living sessions as part of the NHS DPP lost an average of 3.4kg – over one kilogram more than originally predicted. In total these 17,000 patients have lost 59,000kg between them.


The programme, which gives advice on dieting, exercise and healthy lifestyle, is being doubled in size over the next few years to treat around 200,000 people annually as part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s renewed focus on prevention.

The programme is designed to stop or delay onset of type 2 diabetes through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions, including education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating, and bespoke physical activity programmes.

Several providers have been appointed to scale up and roll out the service, as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. They are: Reed Momenta, ICS Health and Wellbeing, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Ingeus, and Living Well Taking Control.

From July, online versions of the DPP, which involve wearable technologies and apps will be provided for patients who find it difficult to attend sessions because of work or family commitments. The providers for the online programme will be OurPath, Oviva, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Changing Health and Liva Healthcare.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS England national clinical director of diabetes and obesity 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 address, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan.

“I’m delighted that our work so far in this area has been producing really positive results. This weight loss is promising – and we hope to help many more of those who are at risk of type 2 diabetes to not get it in the first place.”

Pav Kalsi, senior clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “With 12.3 million people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK, the importance of the NHS England’s type 2 diabetes prevention programme cannot be overstated. These figures show the programme is making a real difference to the lives of people at risk of the condition, and is helping them lose weight to minimise their risk.”

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