Diabetes crisis far worse for the young in UK than previously realised

Diabetes crisis far worse for the young in UK than previously realised

Preventable diabetes just continues to creep towards being the number one killer in the world.

“The younger you get diabetes, the worse your outlook and the more ‘life years’ you lose.  It is the younger people who have the most risk of dying.  That is quite frightening considering the number of people being diagnosed at a younger age”
Professor Tony Barnett, University of Birmingham, June 2013.

“This research shows that the number of people getting diabetes has almost doubled in the study period and every year many thousands of people with diabetes in the UK are still dying before their time.  This is unacceptable and urgent action is needed to improve the situation.  The number of younger people being diagnosed is shooting up and they still have 80% excess mortality and are losing 10 to 15 life years in the process.  So we have a massive way to go yet.  Prevention is the key.  Rather than preventing it we are just seeing it being diagnosed at a younger and younger age”
Dr Alasdair Rankin, director of research for Diabetes UK.

The latest UK and Canadian diabetes update is frightening reading:

  • The diabetes crisis is FAR worse than anyone had predicted
  • At least one in eight UK people diagnosed with diabetes is now under 40
  • Just 20 years ago, it was one in 30
  • Canadian diabetics have a 51% higher risk of death than a person without diabetes
  • UK diabetics have a 65% higher risk of death
  • Swedish diabetics age 20-44 have a 70%-80% higher risk of death

Study published in Dia­betologia, the Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, June 2013, covering patient records in both Britain and Canada.  Also, figures from the Women’s ­College Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, and Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.  As reported by The Express on June 21, 2013.


Posted: Sunday 30 June 2013