Diabetes UK health disaster warning for 2013 and beyond

Diabetes UK health disaster warning for 2013 and beyond

Fewer than one in five people with diabetes in England and Wales have the potentially life-threatening condition under control.

“For every 100 cases of type II diabetes 20 years ago in people under 40, there are now 600 cases.  There are things people won't discuss, such as if you're overweight your body won't work.  We become insulin resistant because we are eating too much”
Professor Craig Currie, UK, May 2013.

“Given that diabetes is serious and can lead to early death if not supported to manage their condition, it is extremely worrying that so few people have it under control.  When you consider that there are now three million people diagnosed with diabetes and this number is rising quickly, the fact that so many of them do not have good control over their diabetes means that unless something changes we face a public health disaster.  Whether these people have high blood glucose levels, blood pressure or cholesterol, they are at increased risk of diabetes-related complications such as heart disease, amputation and stroke”
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, April 2013.

What does the Diabetes UK analysis of National Diabetes Audit figures show?

  • Fewer than 20% of people with diabetes manage the condition properly
  • Diabetes UK said this could lead to a ‘public health disaster’
  • Without proper control, diabetes can lead to serious complications including kidney failure and stroke
  • 19.9% of people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in England meet health targets for blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • In Wales it is 18.5%
  • Some 24,000 people with diabetes die early every year in England and Wales
  • The NHS spends about £10 billion a year on diabetes, some 10% of its entire budget
  • 80% of that going on treating complications that could have been prevented

Report analysis of National Diabetes Audit figures as released by Diabetes UK on April 2nd, 2013.  As reported by The Independent on 02 April 2013.

Posted: Saturday 3 August 2013