According to Diabetes UK, more than one in 16 people in the UK has diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. Of these, 10% have type 1 and 90% type 2.
Diabetes UK’s analysis of recent figures shows that the number of people living with diabetes in the UK is now more than 3.3 million, an increase of almost 60% (or 1.2 million adults) over the decade to 2013/14. This does not take into account the 590,000 people who are estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes. A report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre found that diabetes medication now accounts for almost 10% of the NHS drugs bill in England, up from 6.6% a decade ago.
The main symptoms include passing urine more often than usual, especially at night; increased thirst; extreme tiredness; unexplained weight loss; slow healing...
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