Over 4 million people in the UK are living with Diabetes

New figures released yesterday by Diabetes UK indicate that for the first time the number of people in the UK who are living with diabetes is now over 4 million. This represents an increase of 65 % over the past decade.

It is thought that there are a further 549,000 living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

We frequently see potentially preventable diabetes related complications such as amputation. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

Diabetes UK warn that 24,000 people a year with diabetes will die before their time. Diabetes UK advise that this is because:

  • 40% of people with diabetes are not getting the eight NICE recommended checks which are key to identifying problems early enough to prevent complications
  • Diabetes education programmes are not being commissioned in over a third of areas in the UK and
  • Hospital care for people with diabetes is consistently poor

Diabetes UK are calling for a greater focus on preventing Type 2 diabetes, which they say is vital to stemming the rise of Type 2 diabetes. The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, to support people to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. At present there are 7 demonstrator sites across the county but NHS DPP hope to implement a national role out of the scheme.

We have acted for patients who have suffered life altering conditions as a result of a negligent delay in diagnosing and treating diabetes. If you have concerns regarding medical treatment you have received please contact Vanessa Harris at vanessa.harris@clarkewillmott.com or click on the link to find further details of our specialist medical negligence team .