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Charity's diabetes checks call

Less than one in five people who have diabetes, have the condition under control, Diabetes UK has warned. The charity is calling for an increase in health checks for those with diabetes.

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850,000 people 'do not know they have diabetes'

  • There are 3m people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people who have the condition but don’t know it.
  • Some 24,000 people with diabetes die early every year in England and Wales, according to Diabetes UK.
  • 19.9% of people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in England meet health targets for blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, with the number even lower in Wales at 18.5%.
  • Out of those in England with Type 1 diabetes only 11.4% are meeting the recommended levels.
  • The NHS spends about £10 billion a year on diabetes, some 10% of its entire budget, with 80% of that going on treating complications that could have been prevented in many cases.

Source: Diabetes UK

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