Tackling diabetes is ‘fundamental’ to the future of the NHS and the number of adults with the condition continues to grow, with the latest figures believed to be around the 4 million mark.
New figures have revealed that around 3.8 million adults in England now have diabetes, with around a million of those undiagnosed.
Around 90% of all diabetes cases are Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to being overweight and obese and therefore it is largely preventable. The other ten percent are Type 1, which usually develops in childhood and is often inherited.
Diabetes can lead to serious health complication including limb amputation, kidney disease, stroke and heart attacks. Treating the disease and the complications arising from it costs the NHS around £10 billion every year.
John Newton, chief knowledge office at PHE, the company that have released the latest figures, had this to say: "The number of people with diabetes has been steadily increasing and tackling it is fundamental to the sustainable future of the NHS.
"Diabetes can be an extremely serious disease for those that have it and treating it and its complications costs the NHS almost £10bn a year.”
He continued: ”Developing Type 2 diabetes is not an inevitable part of ageing. We have an opportunity through public health to reverse this trend and safeguard the health of the nation and the future of the NHS."
The new Diabetes Prevalence Model, was launched ahead of PHE’s conference at Warwick University. It shows that 9 per cent of people ages between 54 - 54 have diabetes, but this figure then rises to 23.8 per cent of those aged over 75.
Earlier this month, senior health officials warned that smokers and obese people will be denied surgery on the NHS by cash-strapped hospitals trying to save money.
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