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Type 2 diabetes prevention pathway in a multi-ethnic community (Let’s Prevent Diabetes)

Implementation of a type 2 diabetes prevention pathway in a multi-ethnic community (Let’s Prevent Diabetes)

What we are doing:

We want to help primary care deliver a prevention pathway that will reduce the risk of developing diabetes. The pathway will identify people who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes and invite them to attend a lifestyle education programme based on helping people to eat a healthy diet and do more exercise. We will also ensure the programme is suitable for black and ethnic minority (BME) populations.

Why are we doing it:

Type 2 diabetes, where the body can no longer control the amount of sugar in the blood, is an increasing health problem affecting about 3.5 million people in the UK. It has many serious consequences, including heart problems, reduced quality of life and early death. People from a BME background are known to be at a particularly high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, despite this, there has been little attempt to develop and evaluate diabetes prevention programmes for these communities within the UK.

What the benefits will be:

We believe our study will lead to a best practice approach for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The East Midlands has some areas with very high prevalence of diabetes and it is predicted the prevalence will continue to increase. Improving people’s knowledge of diabetes risk and reducing prevalence will have substantial impacts on an individual’s health and quality of life as well as reducing NHS costs. This study will ensure that the programme is suitable for multi-ethnic communities and will develop a resource pack to aid implementation of the programme.

Who we are working with:

We will be working with GP practices across the East Midlands. Our partners include:

  • NHS West Leicestershire CCG
  • North Charnwood GP Federation
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Nottingham
  • Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Exercise BRU
  • Centre for BME Health
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Sports
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Leicestershire Healthwatch
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN)
  • Health Education East Midlands (HEEM)

Study leads:

Dr Tom Yates (Reader in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health, Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester) and Professor Joe Kai (Professor and Head of Primary Care, University of Nottingham)


Carol Akroyd

Kerry Hulley