The NHS will offer support on following a healthy lifestyle to people in England who are considered at-risk of type 2 diabetes.
This will see as many as 100,000 people in England being offered a place on the programme by 2020, in the hope of preventing them from developing type 2 diabetes. Launching this spring, 20,000 people will hopefully be helped by the programme in 2016.
People classed as being at-risk will be referred to the education programme, which will help them make healthier lifestyle choices. Through monitoring people for signs of prediabetes, and carrying out blood glucose testing, GPs will identify those people they believe will benefit the most from the programme.
"By offering targeted support for at-risk individuals, the NHS is now playing its part in the wider campaign against obesity, which is already costing the country more than we spend on the police and fire service combined," the chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, said.
"The benefits for patients will show up as hospitalisations prevented, strokes avoided and amputations averted. This programme is a reminder that the 'H' in NHS stands for health."
Each year, approximately 200,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England, with 2.6 million people in England already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.