Losing a small amount of weight can almost halve your risk of developing diabetes.
Modest changes like losing two to three kilograms of weight and increasing physical activity has been show to reduce the risk by up to 47pc
The findings from the largest ever diabetes prevention research study over the past 30 years found that losing a modest amount of weight and keeping it off for two years made a real difference.
The assessment was run over eight years by the Norfolk Diabetes Prevention Study (NDPS) and funded by the British National Institute for Health Research.
It looked at 144,000 people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
One in eleven
“For every 11 people who received the NDPS intervention, one person was prevented from getting Type 2 diabetes, which is a real breakthrough” said Prof Max Bachmann from the University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School.
“This trial again highlights how achieving modest weight loss through diet and physical activity changes can lead to huge benefits for people at high risk of developing type 2,” added Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK.
“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition, but with the right help many cases can be prevented or delayed.”
The study is published in the international journal JAMA Internal Medicine.