People in England at risk of type-2 diabetes are to be offered healthy-lifestyle support by the NHS to help them prevent the condition developing.
The new national programme will be launched this spring, with the aim of helping 20,000 people this year.
Patients will be offered 13 sessions focusing on exercise, education and lifestyle changes.
GPs are being asked to identify the people who would benefit the most from the programme.
This will be done through blood-glucose testing and monitoring for signs of pre-diabetes.
While type-1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, type-2 often is.
The programme will be available in 27 areas, covering half the country, to start with and involve support such as supervised gym sessions.
The rest of England will follow by 2020, when there will be 100,000 places available.
There are currently 2.6 million people with type-2 diabetes in England, with 200,000 new diagnoses every year.
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