Risk of Diabetes Increases as Prevention is Shunned


Diabetes UK and Novo Nordisk, an organisation with 90 years of experience in the business, have teamed up to report on the failings of Health and Wellbeing Boards.


Health and Wellbeing Boards were set up to organise health priorities in their local areas. The report has shown that a number of these organisations may be overlooking diabetes and the impact the condition has on the community.

Health and Wellbeing Boards - what do they do?

Each of the Health and Wellbeing Boards must complete a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment setting out the health needs for their area. This is supposed to lead to improved health and wellbeing outcomes for the local community.

The need to improve early diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and information about the importance of prevention using an NHS Health Check was only highlighted by 54%. The NHS Health Check was designed to invite people aged between 40 and 74 to have their health assessed in regards to certain risk factors such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke etc. They also have the opportunity to be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

Risk of Diabetes Complications Going Unmanaged

Diabetes related complications are expensive to treat and cause devastation to the lives of individuals.

Diabetes care has become an increasing drain on NHS resources, especially when it comes to treating complications that go along with the disease.

Out of the 3 million people living with diabetes in the UK, only half are getting the 9 recommended checks per year that they need in order to manage their condition.

Diabetes UK wants to see the Health and Wellbeing Boards using their influence to tackle the rising costs of diabetes care and provide better quality care.

Diabetes Week 2013

Diabetes accounts for about 10% of the entire NHS budget and 80% of this spending goes on treating its complications. In most cases, these complications could have been prevented through educating members of the public on how to manage their condition.

In particular, the priority given to preventing Type 2 diabetes is minimal and help needed to manage the condition is inconsistent.

A great opportunity is being missed to combat the increase in diabetes especially in the week leading up to Diabetes Week 2013 (9-15 June 2013).

After 75 years of making their own breakthroughs, Diabetes UK is inviting the public to make their own breakthroughs for charity. It could be anything from sponsored walks, raising awareness by putting up posters or raising money with friends and family.

However, it remains the case that even when people recognise that there may be a problem and seek medical advice some GP’s have either ignored, or failed to recognise, warning signs of diabetes, with no investigations carried out and no treatment provided until a life-threatening diabetic condition requires urgent hospital admission which may result in unnecessary amputation.

Useful Links

News Archive

Get In Touch