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Diabetes cases to soar

3rd October 2012

The charity Diabetes UK has warned that cases of the condition will have risen dramatically by 2020.

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It forecasts the number of people with diabetes in the UK will have reached 4.4 million by that date – a rise of 700,000 on today’s figures – adding further financial strain on the NHS which already spends 10% of its budget treating diabetes.

The rise will be fuelled by the obesity epidemic, it says, which is a major cause of type 2 diabetes.

With a further 850,000 people having diabetes without realising it, the charity fears the situation is so serious that it could even bankrupt the NHS.

Diabetes UK chief executive Barbara Young said: “The healthcare system is already at breaking point in terms of its ability to provide care for people with diabetes and the result is that many people are developing health complications that could have been avoided and are dying early as a result.

“We face the very real prospect of the rise in the number of people with the condition combining with NHS budget pressures to create a perfect storm that threatens to bankrupt the NHS.

“If this projected increase becomes reality, it would be a calamity for the healthcare system and a disaster for public health. But the Government and the NHS do not seem to have grasped the scale of the impending crisis and at the moment we seem to be sleepwalking towards it.”

The Department of Health said it was taking wide-ranging action to tackle diabetes through prevention and better management of the condition.

 

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