Diabetes: Young People

Health written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for the prevention of diabetes in children in the next 12 months.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health

There are currently no evidence-based interventions that can prevent onset of type 1 diabetes. Therefore, there is no specific funding allocated in the next 12 months for the prevention of type 1 diabetes in children.

Type 2 diabetes is much rarer in children than type 1, and there is a strong evidence base closely linking type 2 diabetes with obesity and inactivity.

The Government are helping to prevent type 2 diabetes in children through cross-government strategies like 'Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives' which has an aim to reduce the proportion of overweight and obese children, and schemes such as the £75 million Change4Life social marketing programme, which helps individuals and families to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.

We are investing in research into all areas of diabetes. The Department and the Medical Research Council jointly are currently investing around £51 million into diabetes related research.

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