Diabetes in UK hits record high
New figures that were released on Tuesday 5th January show that the number of people now living in the UK who suffer from diabetes exceeds 4 million - a record high.
The figures have been release by Diabetes UK who used GP patient data to estimate the number, the new figures suggest that there are now 4.05 million people suffering from diabetes living in the UK.
The figure includes 3.5 million adults diagnosed with diabetes, nearly 200,000 more than this time last year. Even more concerning is that the figure has rise by 65% in the last 10 years.
Some factors that lead to type 2 diabetes can not be changed, such as age, ethnic background or family history. However, there are also many lifestyle factors that reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes such as following a healthy diet, keeping to a healthy weight and being physically active.
The National Audit Office stated"in the NHS is poor, with low achievement of treatment standards, high numbers of avoidable deaths.”
Diabetes UK have said that if this does not improve then more people living will diabetes will experience preventable complications such as amputation and blindness.
Diabetes education should be available everywhere
Diabetes UK have urged for diabetes eduction to be available all around the country and for it to be delivered in a way that people can understand how to cope with the condition. Currently there is good education out there but it depends on where you live, there should be a good quality of diabetes care and education everywhere, it is not something that should be dependant on where you live.
Diabetes UK also lists the fact that there is no commission diabetes education courses in a third of areas in England as a possible reason why over 24,000 people a year are dying from diabetes, if this can be solved then maybe the amount of deaths will decrease.