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a diabetes finger prick testMarch 1 2018

The number of people having been diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled over the past two decades. If nothing changes more than 5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025, the charity Diabetes UK has said.

New data indicates there are now almost 3.7 million people living with a diagnosis of the condition in the UK, an increase of 1.9 million since 1998. In addition, there have been 100,000 new diagnoses in the past year. Almost nine out of ten cases are type 2 diabetes.

With undiagnosed diabetes taken into account, Diabetes UK estimates that 4.6 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and a further 12.3 million people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time; and the fact that diagnoses have doubled in just twenty years should give all of us serious pause for thought.

“Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are serious conditions that can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease if people don’t receive a timely diagnosis and begin receiving the right care.

“We want the Government to recognise the seriousness of the growing diabetes crisis, take action to help those at increased risk, and help us turn the tables on this devastating condition.”

The British Heart Foundation’s senior cardiac nurse, Ashleigh Doggett, said: “We know that people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing heart and circulatory disease. These worrying figures released today reflect a population living with multiple heart and circulatory disease risk factors, and suggest the significant rise in UK prevalence of type 2 diabetes may put thousands more people at risk of potentially fatal heart attacks or strokes.

“However, the onset of these conditions can often be prevented and it is important for us to be aware we can take steps to reduce our risk of these conditions.”

LloydsPharmacy announced it has now tested over 10,000 patients since the NHS launched its ‘Healthier You’ Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) in 2016. It points out that the DPP “was designed to help people who are at higher risk of getting diabetes, by referring them to a behavioural change programme.”

Deep Patel, NHS excellence manager at Celesio UK, which includes LloydsPharmacy, said: “Type 2 diabetes is a really critical issue for the NHS and as obesity continues to rise, the cost of treatment is becoming a burden on our already stretched health service. It’s so important that we educate people about how their lifestyle can seriously impact their health. This prevention programme has been hugely successful in starting that conversation about changing their behaviour.”

Links:
Diabetes UK announcement     
Diabetes UK Facts & Figures     
BHF comment  
Celesio/LloydsPharmacy announcement           

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