Poor delivery of life-changing education to people with diabetes is fuelling serious diabetes complications, premature deaths and unsustainable costs to the NHS, according to a new report published by Diabetes UK today (Wednesday 13th July).
The charity’s State of the Nation report reveals that in 2014-2015 only 2 per cent of people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and 6 per cent of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in England and Wales were recorded as attending a diabetes education course, that teaches how to effectively manage their condition.
The figures are a huge cause for concern
Diabetes UK says the figures are a huge cause of concern as diabetes that is poorly managed increases people’s risk of debilitating and life-threatening diabetes complications such as heart attack, amputation and stroke. As well as being personally devastating, these complications are extremely costly to the NHS. The NHS spends £10 billion every year on diabetes, which equates to 10 per cent of its entire budget.
The report also finds that just 41 per cent of people with Type 2 diabetes and 19 per cent of people with Type 1 diabetes in England and Wales are meeting their targets for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol, which are essential in keeping themselves well and reducing risk of complications. Diabetes UK say the figures highlight that there is a real need to ensure people with diabetes have access to education courses.