Bucks diabetes cases at an ‘all time high’
Increase of more than 2,000 adults in a year
THE number of people with diabetes in Bucks has reached an all-time high, according to new figures released by a charity.
On Monday, the start of Diabetes Week, Diabetes UK revealed that in Bucks, there were 35,347 adults registered with diabetes in 2013 to 2014, an increase of more than 2,030 adults compared to the previous year. This means that the sharp rise in diabetes cases in recent years is continuing. Many cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented – but there is no way of preventing Type 1.
The charity said at the moment, diabetes education is barely provided resulting in ‘devastating’ health
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NHS Milton Keynes CCG complications, amputation, and stroke.
Diabetes costs the NHS nearly £10 billion, 80 per cent of which is spent on managing avoidable complications.
Diabetes UK is calling on the NHS to ensure people living with diabetes are provided with education and support to manage their condition on a day to day basis effectively.
Diabetes UK South East regional manager Jill Steaton said: “Over the last decade we’ve seen the number of people with including blindness
10,783 diabetes rising at an alarming rate and these latest figures are a stark call to action – we must act now or face the very real danger of diabetes devastating the lives of even more people, and threatening to wreck the already over-burdened NHS.
“We must get better at offering education to people who are living with diabetes and help them to manage this serious, complex and often overwhelming condition. It’s crucial that education’s made available both at the point of diagnosis and beyond as the education needs of people already living with the condition can change over time.
“Along with providing better and more flexible education options, local health systems need to focus on increasing the proportion of people getting the 15 healthcare essentials that everyone with diabetes should be receiving. Until we achieve these steps, we will continue to deny people living with diabetes of the best possible chance of living long and healthy lives.” visit www.diabetes. org.uk.