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Diabetics face severe complications
Thursday June 30th 2011
An audit of people with diabetes has shown that many patients are young or middle aged and could require "substantial" hospital care in a matter of years.
The NHS report warned that youngsters and those in their 20s, 30s and 40s are most likely to suffer from serious problems, such as kidney failure and stroke.
In comparison with patients in the 55-69 age group, the younger group are less likely to be provided with all the basic health checks required to tackle the disease.
Highlighting the need for urgent action, the study also pointed out huge differences in treatments available for people suffering from the condition.
In the UK, around 2.5 million people are affected with Type 2 diabetes, which is often caused by factors such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.
Meanwhile, up to a million more people are thought to have the condition without being aware of it.
A further 300,000 people have Type 1 diabetes, which usually develops in childhood, but both forms of diabetes are on the rise.
Copyright © Press Association 2011
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