Editorial

Nurses are pivotal in helping to stem the high rate of diabetes in the UK

With diabetes costing the NHS more than £1.5 million an hour, a type 2 diagnosis should be an urgent wake-up for people to lose – and maintain – a healthy weight 
Diabetes

With diabetes costing the NHS more than £1.5 million an hour, a type 2 diagnosis should be an urgent wake-up for people to lose – and maintain – a healthy weight

Around four million people are living with diabetes in England. This is expected to rise to more than five million over the next 20 years, partly due to people’s worsening lifestyles and the UK’s growing obesity rates. A further 12.3m people are potentially at risk of developing the condition and its associated complications.

Diabetes costs the NHS more than £1.5 million an hour – or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales. This equates to more than £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute.

Growing epidemic

An estimated £14 billion is spent each year on treating diabetes and its complications. Most people with diabetes have type

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