Diabetes: what you need to know, whatever your setting

Its increasing prevalence and complexity mean all staff require core skills, say experts

Its increasing prevalence and complexity mean all staff require core skills, say experts

An analysis by a leading diabetes charity lays bare the potentially devastating effects of the condition, especially when complications develop.

And because diabetes is becoming more widespread, experts say all nurses – not only specialists – will need to play a greater part in combating it.

Almost 3.7 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes but many more are thought to have the disease and the numbers are rising.

Premature mortality

Using data from the NHS National Diabetes Audit, Diabetes UK has shown that in England and Wales 500 people living with diabetes die prematurely every week . People aged 35-64 with type 1 diabetes are up to four times more likely


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