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NICE issues guidance on diabetes 'epidemic'

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Type 2 diabetes is a growing “epidemic” and health professionals should work together to tackle the condition, NICE has said.

NICE has published new guidance on the condition, relating to the general population and high-risk groups.

Diabetes now affects some 2.8 million people in the UK, 90% of whom have type 2 diabetes.

It represents a huge burden on NHS budgets, accounting for at least 5% of UK healthcare expenditure. Drug costs alone for people with type 2 diabetes accounts for about 7% of the total NHS drugs budget.

Hospitals have also witnessed an increase in serious complications arising from diabetes, including cardiovascular disease and foot problems such as ulcerations and gangrene.

People from certain communities and population groups face an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes - such as people of South Asian, African-Caribbean, black African and Chinese descent, and those from a lower socio-economic background, NICE said.

The guidance recommends that commissioners and healthcare providers working in local and national public health services, in partnership with the NHS, local authorities, the commercial sector and voluntary organisations, should work more collaboratively.


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