At the moment, 13.6 million people are at an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in the UK and are considered to have prediabetes. Evidence has shown that the NHS spends around £10 billion a year on diabetes – around 10% of its entire budget. The NHS needs to prevent individuals with prediabetes from progressing to Type 2 diabetes to control cost and also prevent diabetes related complications such as heart disease, stroke, amputation, blindness, and other health issues. Access to physical diabetes prevention programs is limited.
The good news is that up to 50% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by enrolling into a diabetes prevention program such as Fruit Street. Fruit Street is a 12-month diabetes prevention program designed to help individuals with prediabetes avoid developing Type 2 diabetes. The program is 12-months long and includes 26 classes with a registered dietitian on Zoom covering topics such as diet, exercise, sleep and stress management. Participants are also issued a wireless scale, Fitbit, and can take photos of their food in the Fruit Street mobile application. The goal of the program is to help participants lose weight, reduce their a1c, and improve their overall diet and lifestyle.
The impact of this program is that it will help prevent patients with prediabetes from developing Type 2 diabetes. This will improve the health of patients by helping them to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce healthcare costs for the NHS by preventing Type 2 diabetes.