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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."

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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

Warning over diabetes 'national health emergency'

A charity has warned that diabetes is becoming a "national health emergency" as figures suggest that hundreds of people are diagnosed with the condition every day in the UK.

Warning over diabetes national health emergency' Credit: PA

Diabetes UK said that more than 280,000 people a year are diagnosed with diabetes - the equivalent to the population of Newcastle.

Each day 738 people are told that they have type 2 diabetes - which is linked to being overweight - and 30 are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - which is not linked to weight.

Charity: Those at risk need to make lifestyle changes

People at high risk of getting pre-diabetes need to be told so they can make lifestyle changes in a bid to combat the condition, Diabetes UK chief executive said.

Having high enough blood glucose levels to be classified as having pre-diabetes leaves people at a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is a lifelong condition that already affects more than three million people and can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, amputation and blindness.

We need to make sure those at high risk are made aware of this so that they can get the advice and support they need to make the lifestyle changes that can help reduce this.

In fact, up to 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be avoided or delayed by making these kinds of changes.

– Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK
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