People who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will be fast-tracked into the flagship Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention programme. Rapid access to the programme will be rolled out following research that revealed those living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19.
The programme, which supports people to lose weight and adopt healthier habits, is the first national initiative of its kind in the world and has already helped hundreds of thousands of people. From Monday 27 July, the public will be able to use an online tool, hosted by Diabetes UK, to calculate their risk of developing the condition Type 2 diabetes by answering a series of basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity. If their score comes back as moderate or high, they will now be able to refer themselves to a local Healthier You service for support remotely or online, without having to go through a healthcare professional.
Those who qualify will be able to choose how they complete the programme, either by joining group sessions by video link or telephone with an experienced coach or through digital support, which includes online peer support groups and in some areas, wearable tech.
Posted on 31st July 2020