Diabetes UK has published a report 'The State of The Nation 2012'. The report states that between 2006 and 2011, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in England has increased by 25 per cent and it is estimated that up to 850,000 people have diabetes but don't know it.
There has also been a huge growth in complication rates and diabetes is now the biggest single cause of amputation, stroke, blindness, and end-stage kidney failure.
The report suggests that the UK is in a state of crisis and that Ministers and the NHS need to recognise this, to prioritise prevention of diabetes and its complications. An implementation plan is urgently needed to deliver the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards and the National Standard Framework (NSF) Outcomes.