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Disparity of diabetes diagnosis in England

New figures show significant disparity of diabetes diagnosis across Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England. Some PCTs have diagnosed almost 100 per cent of their diabetic population, whilst others most notably in London have only diagnosed around 50 per cent. The national average for diabetes diagnosis stands at 84 per cent.

“Whilst some PCTs have done an excellent job in diagnosing Type 2 diabetes, it is extremely worrying that hundreds of thousands of people in other areas are going about their daily lives unaware they have a condition that puts them at greater risk of devastating complications such as heart disease, kidney failure and blindness," said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

Early diagnosis essential

“Type 2 diabetes can go undetected for up to 12 years. By the time they are diagnosed, around half of people with Type 2 diabetes already have evidence of complications. Early diagnosis is essential so people can start managing their condition and help reduce their risk of developing these complications.”

Risk factors of Type 2 diabetes include having a large waist or being overweight, being aged over 40 or over 25 for people of Black or South Asian origin, and having a family history of the condition. The charity is encouraging anyone with at least two risk factors to go to their doctor for a test.

The figures behind the findings

Data comes from the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory (YHPHO) and the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).

The below shows the ten Primary Care Trusts in England with the highest rates of undiagnosed people:


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