The UK charity, Diabetes Care, has warned that diabetics are not getting the care they need in the UK. The charity claims that service levels have now reached crisis state. The warning comes in the charity’s State of the Nation 2012 report and says that less than 50% of patients are getting the basic care recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence and that in some areas this drops to 6%.
Also, the report says, 25% of children and youngsters with Type1 diabetes only get diagnosed with the illness when they require emergency treatment. And 40% of people, rising to a massive 85% in youngsters, fail to keep their blood sugar levels under control. This is their responsibility and the charity says that people need more education in managing the disease so that they understand the importance of this.
Diabetes can lead to many complications, such as nerve damage, eye damage and kidney failure, if it is not controlled properly. Nearly 24,000 people die each year in England because their condition is not controlled properly. And the cost to the NHS of treating these complications takes up about 10% of their budget. The cost of treating diabetes and the complications that come with it is set to soar over the next 25 years.
A lot could be done to stop Type 2 diabetes developing into Type 1 or even preventing people getting the disease in the first place. This is all because people are not educated enough about preventing the illness and if they have the disease, they are not being properly managed. This is why Diabetes Care says that the government needs to completely re-think their strategy for the prevention, care and treatment of this disease.