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English study finds massive increase in type 2 diabetes
Researchers at the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK have now found that diagnoses for type 2 diabetes in England have increased by about a third in the past five years.
There are more and more people who have type 2 diabetes. The NHS researchers in the UK found that prescriptions for type 2 diabetes have increased dramatically in the past five years. During this period there was an increase of one third in the diagnoses, according to the results of a data analysis by the contracted company Exasol.
Fewer and fewer people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes
However, the new results also show a positive trend: fewer type 2 diabetes diseases appear to remain undetected. According to the researchers, there are fewer and fewer people with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Doctors are studying prescriptions for prescriptions for type 2 diabetes
A total of 35 million prescriptions for type 2 diabetes treatments were issued in England last year, the doctors say. Five years ago, this was 26 million recipes. These figures were collected by the Exasol data analysis company. The data collected included every prescription issued in England between August 2010 and July 2016.
Type 2 diabetes was found increasingly in certain hotspots
There are so-called hot spots for type 2 diabetes in London and Lincolnshire. The Newham district of London, for example, has a prescription average twice as high as the national average. Lincolnshire found two of the three areas with the highest prescription rates. These were East Lindsey and South Holland, the experts explain.
Prevention and awareness raising lead to more diagnoses for type 2 diabetes
A positive consequence of preventing and raising awareness of type 2 diabetes is that people visit a family doctor more often to give a blood sample, the scientists say. The more successful the education campaigns are, the more people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the experts at the NHS continue.
More and more patients and doctors are thinking about type 2 diabetes
It is a very positive thing that more and more people are reacting to the campaigns in the media and more and more doctors are becoming aware that they should perhaps carry out a so-called HbA1c test on their patients, the scientists report. The HbA1c value is an important parameter for diabetics.
People with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes should change their diet
According to the researchers, many people with so-called prediabetes and type 2 diabetes could improve their health if they followed a low-carb diet. This would also prevent drug addiction, the experts say. If people with prediabetes join a low carb program, their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes will decrease. Participants in such a program achieve an average weight loss of 5 kg after six months. Those affected also lose waist circumference and become more physically active, according to the researchers. (as)