Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is an increasing chronic disease affecting over 2 million people in England alone. It shortens life and consumes 10% of NHS resources. At diagnosis many have established complications involving damage to the eyes, kidneys, feet and heart. There is a need to focus efforts to prevent this devastating disease. Certain factors such as being overweight, having a family history of diabetes or heart disease, having a previous history of raised blood sugar measurement or diabetes during pregnancy increase the risk of developing diabetes later in life. People who eat a high fat diet or have high blood pressure or smoke are also at high risk. When someones blood glucose levels are higher than normal but NOT high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, we say they have pre-diabetes (it may also be referred to as Impaired Glucose Tolerance [IGT] or Impaired Fasting Glucose [IFG]), depending on which test was used to detect it. Pre-diabetes is a better way of explaining what it means to have higher than normal blood glucose levels. It means you are more likely to develop diabetes and may already be experiencing some health problems because of it. Just like someone with diabetes, if you have pre-diabetes, you are at higher risk of heart disease and/or stroke. If you are overweight, eating a high fat diet or are not very active, you could be increasing your risks. Some people who have diabetes in their family have an added risk factor. But there are things you can do to help yourself and the Lets Prevent study is about helping us find out which of these are best. The good news is that everyone at risk of diabetes can do things to keep healthy and slow down or even stop the development of this serious disease. Recent studies have shown that lifestyle changes, such as being more active and changing your diet, could be more effective than medicines in helping to stop people developing Type 2 diabetes. But because we dont yet know which of these ways of treating people is best, we need to compare them in a research study.
Who can participate?
Patients with pre-diabetes, aged 40 - 75 if English-speaking European or 25 - 75 if South Asian
What does the study involve?
People who have been identified as at risk will be invited to visit the diabetes research team at a local venue and this visit will take around 3 hours. We will participants to come to this visit fasting, but this does not obligate the person to take part. After an opportunity to meet the team and to ask any questions, informed consent will be taken. Following this, participants have oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), blood tests (49ml of blood, this is the same as 10 teaspoons), body measurements, medical history, height/weight and blood pressure recorded. In between the two blood tests participants also complete a questionnaire about health, physical activity, eating habits and overall wellbeing. After this first visit, results will be analysed.
Only those with pre-diabetes enter into the main study and, depending on which GP surgery the participant attends, are randomly allocated to one of our two study groups. Group 1 is what we call the control group - receive the usual excellent care for pre-diabetes provided by their GP practice and some useful leaflets from us. Group 2 is the intensive group and will receive education sessions and continuous support to help the participant address the risks of developing diabetes. Regardless of which group the participant is in, once a year for the next 3 years, participants return for a full health screen, including an OGTT, height/weight and blood pressure readings.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
We hope that all people in the study (who have already been identified as having pre-diabetes) will avoid progressing to diabetes. The information we get from this study may help us to prevent future people with pre-diabetes or at a high risk from developing the diabetes. Participants in this study will not be given any medication. Participants may suffer slight discomfort while the blood samples are being taken from their arm and some people do experience bruising after blood samples have been taken. The participants family doctor will be informed of all the results of the tests taken during the course of the study.
Where is the study run from?
The study is being conducted in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (UK)
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
July 2009 to July 2014
Who is funding the study?
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) (UK)
Who is the main contact?
Ms Stephanie Goldby
Leicester Diabetes Centre
Leicester General Hospital
+44 (0)116 258 8303
A community based primary prevention programme for Type 2 Diabetes integrating identification, lifestyle intervention and community services for prevention (RCT)
DRN 239 LETS PREVENT
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is an increasing chronic disease affecting over 2 million people in England alone, shortens life and consumes 10% of NHS resources. At diagnosis many have established complications involving damage to the eyes, kidneys, feet and heart. There is a need to focus efforts to prevent this devastating disease. One in 7 adults has pre-diabetes (PDM) with 50% developing T2DM over the next 5 - 10 years.
There is clear evidence that treating subjects with PDM with an intensive lifestyle modification programme (LSMP) dramatically reduces T2DM. However, these programmes are costly, involve intensive use of resources and are unproven in the UK. Some minority ethnic groups have a higher risk of T2DM; any LSMP would therefore need to be culturally sensitive to the UK multi-ethnic population. The objective is to test if a low cost but effective LSMP can be developed for the UK. The trialists will develop a training programme to skill healthcare professionals and non-professionals and so called 'lay' educators to deliver the LSMP. Benefits of lay educators are patient involvement in a patient centred service and the contribution to building capacity within the NHS workforce.
The trialists will develop a simple self-assessment tool to identify those at highest risk of T2DM. We will conduct a clinical trial, testing the LSMP in 44 practices and 748 patients. The practices will be randomised to either a control or intervention 'arm'. Control practices will give information to patients at risk in line with current best practice. Participants in the intervention practices will be invited to the LSMP and will receive 6 hours of group education and then followed for 3 years. The LSMP will encourage individuals to scrutinise information, ask questions, and self-manage their condition, using simple, non-technical language and visual aids. This approach has been effective in T2DM and we will use this model along with expertise in physical activity and lifestyle change.
N.B. This is part of a programme grant award which is the same NIHR programme grant as DRN131.
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Ethics Committee, 17/11/2008
Multicentre randomised interventional prevention trial
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised controlled trial
Patient information sheet
Not available in web format, please use the contact details to request a patient information sheet
Topic: Diabetes Research Network, Primary Care Research Network for England; Subtopic: Type 2; Disease: Prevention/screening
The PREVENTION study is a randomised controlled trial providing a structured intervention for people with pre-diabetes, and is cluster randomised at practice level to negate contamination between individual patients. These practices will be randomly assigned to either the control or intensive arm. The control arm is managed by nationally regarded standard care guidelines for the condition; currently this is reading material and general lifestyle advice provided by the participants General Practitioner or Practice Nurse. Patients in the intensive arm will be given the structured group education and a follow-up support programme.
The structure group education programme will use a modified version of the Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) programme based on published work performed locally for people with pre-diabetes. DESMOND is the only national education programme that is in line with current national guidelines for patient education. Educational sessions will consist of 1 full day (6 hrs) or 2 half days (3 hrs each). In the case of the BME where the English language is not readily spoken the sessions will be 4 x 3 hours delivered by educators and interpreters. Refresher sessions may be available for participants to actively sign up to focusing on helping with action planning and providing awareness of local activities.
Primary outcome measures
Reduction in incidence of diabetes at 3 years
Secondary outcome measures
Change in participant's individual characteristics:
2. Blood glucose levels fasting and post-glucose load
3. Cardiovascular risk
All patients followed up at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Within specified age range English Speaking European: 40 - 70 years, South Asian: 30 - 70 years
2. Able to attend educational sessions
3. Diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)
Target number of participants
Planned sample size: 816; UK sample size: 816
Participant exclusion criteria
1. Diagnosed with diabetes
2. Unable to attend group education sessions
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
Leicester General Hospital
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UK)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) (UK) - Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR) programme
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Not provided at time of registration
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Not provided at time of registration
Results - basic reporting
2012 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22607160
2013 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23299789
2016 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27404094
2017 cost-effectiveness results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28069625
2017 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28121091
Gray LJ, Khunti K, Williams S, Goldby S, Troughton J, Yates T, Gray A, Davies MJ, , Let's prevent diabetes: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of an educational intervention in a multi-ethnic UK population with screen detected impaired glucose regulation., Cardiovasc Diabetol, 2012, 11, 56, doi: 10.1186/1475-2840-11-56.
Carter P, Gray LJ, Talbot D, Morris DH, Khunti K, Davies MJ, Fruit and vegetable intake and the association with glucose parameters: a cross-sectional analysis of the Let's Prevent Diabetes Study., Eur J Clin Nutr, 2013, 67, 1, 12-17, doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2012.174.
Gray LJ, Yates T, Troughton J, Khunti K, Davies MJ; Let’s Prevent Diabetes Team, Engagement, Retention, and Progression to Type 2 Diabetes: A Retrospective Analysis of the Cluster-Randomised "Let's Prevent Diabetes" Trial, PLoS Med, 2016, 13, 7, e1002078, doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002078.