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Evidence for action on type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition. It doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease, is the most common reason for severe kidney disease and is the second most common cause of blindness in working age adults. The disease is a major public health challenge, with many people not knowing they have diabetes and many more are at risk of developing it.

NIHR research provides important insights throughout the patient pathway, from prevention to early identification to management of the disease and treating complications. These findings are helping to shape practice and policy. 

DOI: 10.3310/themedreview-001125 

On the Level themed review on type 2 diabetes

On the Level - Evidence for action on type 2 diabetes

This themed review brings together NIHR research on each aspect of type 2 diabetes care. It features:

  • 35 published studies
  • 19 ongoing studies
  • Questions for patients, commissioners, GPs, community nurses and others
  • Patient voices


Over 4 million

people in the UK live with type 2 diabetes, rising year on year.


estimated premature deaths in England a year from type 2 diabetes


of total NHS health spend goes on treating or managing the disease.

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