Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
28 May 2014 08:55
Over one in 20 people who completed a questionnaire on Type 2 diabetes risk already had the condition
More than one in 20 people are living with Type 2 diabetes without realising it, research reveals.
A survey of 1,000 Britons by Diabetes UK found that 6% had no idea they were suffering from the lifelong condition.
The charity is therefore urging more people to come forward and undergo its risk assessment, which can be taken in a pharmacy, a GP surgery or via the internet, to find out whether they are unknowingly at the mercy of Type 2 diabetes.
Those who find out they have the condition don't need to let it dramatically change the way they live their lives. Medical travel insurance means sufferers can still enjoy holidaying to all four corners of the world.
There are currently 3.2 million people in the UK living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, while a further 630,000 are estimated to have Type 2 diabetes but are not yet diagnosed as having the condition.
Furthermore, it is believed that up to seven million people are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes at some point in the future - and if trends continue at the current rate, an estimated five million people will have the condition by 2025.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the cells in the body don't react to insulin. Risk factors include being over the age of 40 or over the age of 25 if from a South Asian, African Caribbean, or Chinese background, having a close relative with diabetes, being overweight or having a large waist.
If left unchecked, it can lead to devastating health complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke in the most extreme cases.
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, says people with Type 2 diabetes need to be diagnosed as quickly as possible so they can get the education and healthcare they need to be able to live with it.
Unfortunately, at present, half of people with the condition already have signs of complications by the time they are diagnosed.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.