NHS programme prevents people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia from developing type 2 diabetes, audit shows

NHS programme prevents people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia from developing type 2 diabetes, audit shows

People with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia are less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they complete the Diabetes Prevention Programme, according to a new NHS audit. 

The findings were based on data from English GP practice systems for people diagnosed with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and data generated by providers of the Diabetes Prevention Programme relating to referrals.

More than two million people in England currently have a diagnosis of non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, with this number having increased every year since the first audit in 2017.

Between January 2021 and March 2022, a total of 582,820 were newly diagnosed with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, the audit has reported.

In addition, the audit has revealed that one in six people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia in 2017-18 developed type 2 diabetes by March 2022.

The audit has now recommended that:

GPs should continue to identify people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes by offering a blood test and assessment of their BMI at least once a year
GPs should record NDH diagnoses
GPs should refer those at high risk onto the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP), to help change behaviour and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People are supported to maintain a healthy weight, improve nutrition and be more active. These are things which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To read the audit, click here.

Author: Philip Lopez