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Health & Fitness More than half a MILLION people could have diabetes and not know

04:00  21 september  2020
04:00  21 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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More than 4 million people in the UK now have diabetes , compared with just 1.8 million in 1998. Dr Faye Riley, of Diabetes UK, said: 'Type 2 diabetes can go undetected for years and this research flags that all too often, people can have the condition but not know it.'

Diabetes UK figures say 3.3 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with the condition and a further 590,000 people are thought to have the condition, but 'I still can 't walk more than a few steps without it becoming painful,' she says. 'Every morning I wake up hoping that my leg has grown back.'

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Half a million adults may have type 2 diabetes without even realising it, a study has revealed.

Scientists analysed blood samples from 200,000 Britons aged between 40 and 70.

They found that 2,000 of them had very high blood sugar levels, indicating they had diabetes, but had not yet been diagnosed with the condition.

This suggests that 1 per cent of the UK – over half a million people – could be living with type 2 diabetes without knowing it.

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Right now, you or one of your close friends or family members could have diabetes and simply not know it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 30 million Americans now have diabetes , and more than 7 million of them haven’t received a proper

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes , up from the previous estimate of One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it. Another 86 million adults – more Diabetes is a serious disease that can be managed through physical activity, diet, and appropriate

a hand holding a cellphone: Diabetes is mostly diagnosed by measuring the level of HbA1c, a haemoglobin which is chemically linked to sugar, in the bloodstream [File photo] © Provided by Daily Mail Diabetes is mostly diagnosed by measuring the level of HbA1c, a haemoglobin which is chemically linked to sugar, in the bloodstream [File photo]

The study by the University of Exeter suggested that a national screening programme should be brought in to improve diagnosis.

Experts said symptoms of type 2 diabetes, which include frequently going to the toilet, being thirsty and feeling tired, are easy to miss, especially during the early stages.

Co-author Dr Katherine Young, said: 'As people can have type 2 diabetes for many years without symptoms, diagnosis may be delayed, increasing the risk of complications.

Britain's obesity epidemic has led to soaring levels of type 2 diabetes. Two-thirds of adults are either obese or overweight, one of the highest rates in the Western world [File photo] © Provided by Daily Mail Britain's obesity epidemic has led to soaring levels of type 2 diabetes. Two-thirds of adults are either obese or overweight, one of the highest rates in the Western world [File photo]

'Our study shows that population-level screening could identify cases of type 2 diabetes far earlier and potentially reduce complications.'

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46% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. The figure is expected to rise to 642 million people living with Ethnicity has a big role as diabetes is five times as likely to develop in Pakistani women, two and a half times as likely in Indian women More than 20 years for people with Type 1 diabetes .

Most you will have heard of type 2 diabetes , and you may be aware that rates are rising fast. There was a seven per cent increase last year in the UK to well over four million diabetics , including the half - a - million people who are believed to have the condition but are currently undiagnosed.

Diabetes is mostly diagnosed by measuring the level of HbA1c, a haemoglobin which is chemically linked to sugar, in the bloodstream.

Dr Young said: 'We identified that screening by HbA1c would have identified an extra 1 per cent of a population aged 40-70 years as having undiagnosed diabetes.'

She added: 'This screening diagnosis would have been approximately two years before a clinical diagnosis was made.'

The authors analysed blood samples from over 200,000 patients on the UK Biobank database and compared their blood sugar levels to GP records.

Men over the age of 60, especially if they were obese, were more likely to have undiagnosed diabetes than women, the researchers found.

Britain's obesity epidemic has led to soaring levels of type 2 diabetes. Two-thirds of adults are either obese or overweight, one of the highest rates in the Western world.

More than 4million people in the UK now have diabetes, compared with just 1.8million in 1998.

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Half -right. People with diabetes type 1 have to rely on insulin for the rest of their lives. For type 2 diabetics , the situation is different. Being overweight and not moving enough can lead to diabetes . In turn, diabetics can basically hit pause on their illness by eating healthily and committing themselves

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause an increased risk of bacterial and fungal skin infections. Diabetes -related complications can cause one or People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than people who don’t have diabetes . They’re also one and a half

Around 90 per cent of people with diabetes have type 2, which is mostly caused by obesity.

Scientists analysed blood samples from 200,000 Britons aged between 40 and 70. They found that 2,000 of them had very high blood sugar levels, indicating they had diabetes, but had not yet been diagnosed with the condition [File photo] © Provided by Daily Mail Scientists analysed blood samples from 200,000 Britons aged between 40 and 70. They found that 2,000 of them had very high blood sugar levels, indicating they had diabetes, but had not yet been diagnosed with the condition [File photo]

Diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels rise to risky heights and can lead to fatal complications, including amputations, sight loss, stroke and heart disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an unpreventable autoimmune disease that usually develops in childhood, but type 2 is mostly caused by poor diet.

Dr Faye Riley, of Diabetes UK, said: 'Type 2 diabetes can go undetected for years and this research flags that all too often, people can have the condition but not know it.'

The research was presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

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