Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
19 August 2015 09:37
Well over three million people have been diagnosed with diabetes
The last decade has seen the number of people living with diabetes rocket by well over a million, new figures show.
Now, Diabetes UK is calling for better care together with a greater focus being placed on prevention, warning that the cost of the epidemic is threatening to cripple the NHS.
The new data shows that 3.33 million people in England and Wales have been diagnosed with the condition following a rise of almost 60% - or 1.2 million adults - over the last 10 years.
The charity says more work is urgently required to help highlight the importance of prevention, coupled with more effective care for those diagnosed with the illness.
It claims 40% of diabetics are not receiving the eight aspects of care recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The charity says devastating health complications such as strokes, heart attacks and the need for amputations can arise when the condition is not managed as NICE recommends, placing an even greater burden on the already strained NHS finances.
In order to manage their condition abroad, holidaymakers can take out diabetes travel insurance to protect themselves against unforeseen events.
Diabetes UK's chief executive, Barbara Young, says the increase in the number of people living with the condition since 2005 exceeds the population of Cyprus.
She stresses that there is no time to waste and is calling on the Government to act immediately to tackle the diabetes epidemic and cut people's risk of suffering further health complications.
She says the condition is already costing the NHS almost £10 billion each year, four fifths of which is accounted for by having to deal with preventable health complications.
That, she adds, shows there is huge scope for saving money and easing the pressure on NHS services.
The chief executive says it is vital that a much higher proportion of those with diabetes get all eight of the care processes recommended by NICE.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for around 90% of all cases and is linked with lifestyle factors such as obesity.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.