West Suffolk Diabetes Service


Understanding Diabetes

 

Diabetes in the UK

Diabetes is a common condition across the United Kingdom. If you like to know how big a problem it is nationwide, here are some facts about Diabetes in the UK.

  How many people have diabetes in the UK?

  I have heard the problem is increasing - is this true?

  What is being done about this?

  Can I do anything to avoid 'catching it'?

  How does the NHS cope with the increase in demand?

  How much does it cost?

  Is there going to be a nationwide screening programme for diabetes?

How many people have diabetes in the UK?

About one and a half million people in the UK have diagnosed diabetes. It is thought that there are at least one million others who have not been diagnosed as yet.

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I have heard the problem is increasing - is this true?

Yes. The number is escalating worldwide and this is often referred to as a 'global epidemic' of diabetes. The number of people with diabetes is estimated to increase to 3 million by the year 2010. Diabetes is more common as people get older.

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What is being done about this?

The NHS is currently re-evaluating Diabetes services in the UK taking into account the above information. A National Service Framework for Diabetes is being drafted and likely to be implemented in late 2003.

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Can I do anything to avoid 'catching it'?

You do not 'catch' diabetes. There is, however a lot you can do to prevent the onset of this condition especially if you are someone who is at high risk. Please see the documents 'Are you at risk' and 'preventing diabetes' for more information.

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How does the NHS cope with the increase in demand?

Diabetes services have to cope with the increasing workload by improving efficiency. The use of diabetes computer databases as well as the team structure of most diabetes services helps considerably.

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How much does it cost?

The reported NHS expenditure on diabetes is approximately 9 percent of NHS costs. Diabetes UK has summarised these costs as follows:

Though these figures are clearly estimates, they give a good idea on how much is spent on the care of diabetes.

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Is there going to be a nationwide screening programme for diabetes?

This is the subject of ongoing discussion.

 

Dr. Nishan Wijenaike, Consultant Physician
2002 West Suffolk Hospitals Diabetes Service.
October 2002

 

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