All over-40s should have a diabetes check, with millions put on diet, says health watchdog
Every single person aged 40 and over should be offered an NHS diabetes check, with millions ordered to go on strict diets by GPs, under new plans.
New recommendations from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) say “intensive lifestyle change programmes” will be routinely offered to those whose weight or habits is jeopardising their health.
Almost five million people identified as at risk of diabetes should be offered slimming classes, fitness sessions and lifestyle coaching, with places prioritised for 1.7 million people whose blood sugar levels puts them in greatest danger.
To find them, every person aged 40 and over should be offered an assessment of their health and family history, along with millions more patients as young as 25 whose ethnic group heightens their risk.
Nice said the NHS checks should be carried out in workplaces, shops, and libraries, as well as in thousands of GP surgeries, pharmacies and opticians. And it said the public should be encouraged to take their own assessments, using an online tool.
Health officials said around five million people without diabetes are currently in danger of developing it, because their blood sugar levels have crept up to at least 5.5 mmol/l.
Following tests, around 1.7 million people at greatest risk - meaning a reading of at least 6.5 mmol/l - will first be offered a place on intensive lifestyle change programmes, Nice said.
Officials said ultimately, it would be cost-effective for the NHS to find places for up to five million patients .
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