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.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.