Diabetes prevention counseling is cost effective, US study finds

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Medicare, the US insurance program for elderly people and people with disabilities, announced plans on 23 March to cover diabetes prevention programs that focus on lifestyle counseling, after an independent evaluation found that a pilot program had successfully reduced participants’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes while creating savings that more than covered the program’s cost.

Earlier this week, NHS England announced that it was launching a national lifestyle education program to reduce the risk of diabetes, with a similar approach to that taken in the US. The initiative, called the Healthier You: the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, will begin this year and will eventually enroll 100 000 participants a year by 2020.