Leicester diabetes experts contribute to NICE guidelines
New guidance on identifying people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the provision of clinically and cost effective interventions to help reduce the risk or delay the onset of the condition has been published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
The new NICE guidance outlines the best ways of identifying people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, encouraging them to take steps to reduce their risk and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Consistent good quality evidence shows that individual risk can be reduced by nearly 60%.
Type 2 diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition that occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin for it to function properly, or when the body’s cells do not use insulin properly. Diabetes currently affects almost 3 million people in the UK, of which about 90% will have type 2 diabetes. This is estimated to rise to 5 million – that is, nearly 10% of the population – by 2025. The cost of treatment and long term care for diabetes is estimated to account for a tenth of the NHS budget each year.