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Improved diabetes checks urged

2nd April 2013

Data analysed by Diabetes UK has found that only 20% of people with diabetes in England and Wales were able to meet the recommended targets for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure.

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The charity looked at information from the National Diabetes Audit and found just 11% people with type 1 diabetes met the recommended targets.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "Given that diabetes is serious and can lead to early death if not supported to manage their condition, it is extremely worrying that so few people have it under control."

"The high rate of preventable complications is the inevitable consequence of a healthcare system that has all too often not been good enough and this highlights the need for local services to put in place self-management support programmes to help people manage their diabetes well."

"At the moment there is virtually no access to the ongoing education and support to help people manage their diabetes and so help avoid complications reduce their chance of early death." 

 

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