Diabetes is the number one health threat in the UK. Currently 3.7 million people are living with the condition, with a further seven million at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It’s a condition that costs the NHS over £10 billion a year, yet 80 per cent of these costs are spent on complications that are, with good care, avoidable. The number of people with Type 2 diabetes in the UK is rising rapidly and is set to reach five million by 2025. Half of the people with Type 2 diabetes already have serious complications when they are diagnosed.
It is imperative that we take action now to stem the rising tide of Type 2 diabetes and the massive human and economic costs associated with this serious long-term condition. A key aspect of tackling the rise in Type 2 diabetes and its devastating and costly complications is to bridge the gap between anticipated prevalence and those diagnosed. Currently about 850,000 people with Type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed and the gap between actual and expected rates is closing only very slowly.
The NHS Health Check programme, launched four years ago by the Department of Health in England, has huge potential to detect people with Type 2 diabetes and to identify those at high risk, who can then be given support and lifestyle interventions to reduce their risk and prevent onset of the condition. Diabetes UK is disappointed that, so far, this potential has not been realised.
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