Diabetes surge 'could bankrupt health service'
Published 17/08/2015 | 02:30
An extra 1.2 million people have diabetes in the UK now compared with a decade ago, according to new figures - leading to a warning that its cost could "bankrupt the National Health Service" (NHS).
The number of those who are living with the condition has soared by 59.8pc since 2005, meaning that more than 3.3 million people now have it.
Diabetes UK, the charity that uncovered the official figures, says the data showed the public health situation was spiralling "out of control".
The increase means that more than 5pc of the UK population now has the condition.
The charity says that more than a third of diabetes patients in England and Wales do not receive the eight care processes recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) for preventing serious complications, such as amputations and strokes.
These checks include getting blood pressure and blood glucose measured, as well as kidney function monitored.
Martin McShane, national medical director for long-term conditions at NHS England, said: " Evidence is piling up that added sugar and excess calories are causing avoidable increases in obesity and diabetes... it's time to get serious about lifestyle change."