UK diabetics have little control17th April 2007
British diabetics are the worst in Europe at controlling their condition, says a new report.
1.9 million people in the UK are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and another 750,000 are thought to be unaware they have the condition. Type 2 diabetes is linked to diet and exercise and experts believe a healthy lifestyle is one of the key ways in which a sufferer can control their illness. However, diabetics in the UK have the worst blood sugar control in Europe and don’t seem to fully understand the impact this has on their health. The survey of Type 2 sufferers found most were unaware of the poor control they had over their condition while many regarded Type 2 diabetes as the "mild" form of the illness compared to Type 1 diabetes which is not linked to lifestyle and therefore cannot be prevented. Failure to properly manage blood sugar levels can cause blindness and other major complications.
One of the major battles faced by those who took part in the study was weight control. 37% were overweight, a third were obese and a further 16% were deemed morbidly obese despite being told by their doctors to lose weight. Simon O'Neill, from Diabetes UK said, "There is no such thing as mild diabetes. People with diabetes need to better understand the risks they face and work in partnership with their healthcare professionals to better control their condition."
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Wednesday 18th April 2007 @ 21:36
I agree - diabetes isn't controlled very well in the UK.
Support is next to non-existent, information is poor and lacking, tests are not done widely enough; in the world of officialdom, it's almost like it's being deliberately ignored to reduce the surplus population and put less overall stress on the NHS... by letting nature take it's course... or am I just another paranoid sheep?
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Title: UK diabetics have little control
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2559
Date Added: 17th Apr 2007