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Diabetes management at the end of life: advice for non-specialist nurses

End of life care sees a shift in focus from reaching targets to avoiding distressing symptoms

End of life care involves a shift in focus from reaching targets to avoiding distressing symptoms

How prevalent is diabetes?

According to the charity Diabetes UK, more than 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes, about 90% of whom have type 2.

The number of those with the condition has doubled over the past two decades, mainly due to the rapid rise of those with type 2, says its report Tackling the Crisis .

One in six people in a hospital bed has diabetes and those with diabetes are twice as likely to be admitted, the charity says .

It predicts that 5.5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by

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