Tuesday 17 October 2017

Study shows 30,000 may have diabetes

Edel O'Connell and Sarah Stack

UP to 30,000 Irish people could be suffering from undiagnosed diabetes and a further 122,000 from pre-diabetes, according to new research.

The VHI Healthcare study into the incidence of diabetes in Ireland has seen more than 11,500 people in Dublin and Cork screened to date.

Of those screened, new previously undiagnosed diabetes was confirmed in more than 200 people, with pre-diabetes found in more than 800 individuals.

According to the VHI, if these numbers were extrapolated across the Irish population it would indicate that more than 30,000 individuals could have undiagnosed diabetes and 122,000 could have pre-diabetes.

Patients with pre-diabetes are at risk of not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also of cardiovascular complications.

The project has been under way since January 2009 and has tested 11,500 participants.

Medical director of VHI Healthcare Dr Bernadette Carr said: "The incidence of diabetes and pre-diabetes amongst the general population is significantly higher than we had anticipated.

"As individuals we have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to make the simple changes to our lifestyles that will help to keep us healthy."

Irish Independent

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