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Type 1 diabetes 'more deadly for women'

The study was published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Wire

Type 1 diabetes is more dangerous for women than men, new research suggests.

Researchers found that female patients:

  • Have a 40% increased risk of death from any cause
  • Are twice as likely to die from heart disease than men with the condition
  • They are at greater risk of strokes
  • And are 44% more likely to die from kidney disease

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia analysed data from 26 studies involving more than 200,000 men and women with Type 1 diabetes.

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Just one in five feel they have diabetes 'under control'

Just one in five people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes over the past four years feel they have it under control, research has found.

National Diabetes Audit data has shown that 22.4% of Type 2 diabetes sufferers for up to four years, thought to be about a million people, meet recommended levels for blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.

New research has said around one million meet recommended levels for blood glucose. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Diabetes UK are now holding a series of free events at 80 locations across the UK to educate sufferers.

Chief executive Barbara Young, said: "Unfortunately, a big part of the reason that so many people with Type 2 are starting off on the wrong path is the lack of available diabetes education.

"This is why we want the NHS to give every person with diabetes the chance to have this kind of education."

Some 3.8 million people in the UK have diabetes

Around 3.8 million people in the UK are diabetic and about 35% of the population have borderline diabetes. Diabetes UK has called for more focus on preventing type 2 diabetes, saying that if the rate of people getting the condition continues the consequences could be "disastrous".

It is deeply worrying that more than 700 people a day are being diagnosed with diabetes and this clearly shows the frightening scale of what is fast becoming a national health emergency.

If we continue to see people being diagnosed at this rate then the consequences will be disastrous.

As the number of people with diabetes grows, we are likely to see even more people endure devastating health complications such as amputation and kidney failure and more people die tragically young.

It would also lead to an increase in NHS costs that would be simply unsustainable.

– The chief executive of Diabetes UK Barbara Young
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