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Diabetes UK responds to latest NHS diabetes prescribing figures

Tuesday 01 August 2017

Today, NHS Digital published their report Prescribing for Diabetes: England 2006/07 to 2016/17.

Simon O’Neill, Director of Health Intelligence for Diabetes UK, said:

“The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 54% in the last decade, so it’s no surprise that levels of prescribing have risen by almost the same level.

“But the increase in prescribing at a primary care level is indicative of the hard work doctors are doing to help people living with diabetes keep their blood glucose at safe levels, and preventing devastating, and costly, complications – such as cardiovascular and kidney disease – further down the line.

“It is vital that drugs being prescribed are reviewed regularly to not only ensure patients receive the most effective therapy, but also to reduce waste.

“Diabetes is one of our biggest health crises, and with 12 million people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it’s clear that focusing on prevention is vital to prevent costs rising even higher.”