Preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions

NICE guidelines [PH35] Published date:

Next review date: September 2014

This guidance is aimed at those working in national and local public health services. This includes: directors and commissioners, GPs, practice nurses, dietitians, public health nutritionists and other health professionals, as well as those involved in physical activity interventions and community engagement.

It may also be of interest to members of the public.

NICE's recommendations aim to help prevent type 2 diabetes among populations and communities of adults who are at high risk. Risk factors include being overweight or obese and whether or not someone is physically active. In addition to these individual risk factors, certain ethnic communities and people from lower socioeconomic groups are particularly at risk.

The 11 recommendations advise on:

  • Integrating national strategy on type 2 diabetes with national activities to prevent other non-communicable diseases (such as cardiovascular disease and certain cancers).
  • National action to promote a healthy diet and physical activity.
  • Local needs assessments and strategies, including local action to promote a healthy diet and physical activity among communities at high risk.
  • Training for those involved in helping to spread awareness of the risks and how to prevent the condition.

A second piece of guidance on type 2 diabetes, looking at interventions aimed at individuals at high risk, is due to be published in May 2012.

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