Prevention is key to tackling threat of diabetes explosion

DR MATT KEARNEY | June 17, 2016

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With it being Diabetes Week, this is a good opportunity to mention the new NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). The NDPP is borne from the NHS Five Year Forward View and its commitment to help us halt or delay conditions and diseases developing. The push for prevention calls for a radical upgrade within the NHS. The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a good start and will be very welcome in primary care.

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