A charity survey has suggested that over 40% of people with type 2 diabetes do not feel confident in managing their condition.
The survey of 2,722 people was carried out by Diabetes UK. The charity said the results suggested that many hundreds of thousands of diabetes patients did not have the knowledge and information they needed to reduce their risk of health complications.
“It is extremely worrying that so many people with diabetes don’t feel confident at managing their diabetes”
It added that just 16% of diabetes patients in England and Wales were offered an education course when they were diagnosed, despite the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommending it be offered to everyone with diabetes.
Diabetes UK is calling for the government and the NHS to do more to ensure people get the support and education they need to be able to manage the condition both at diagnosis and beyond.
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “It is extremely worrying that so many people with diabetes don’t feel confident at managing their diabetes. This makes no sense because the health complications of diabetes are not only devastating but are also extremely costly to treat.”
Dame Barbara noted that many people with diabetes found the condition “overwhelming”.
“But we know that by giving people with diabetes access to support and education services, we can greatly increase their confidence in managing their condition and improve their health and outcomes,” she said.
The charity also highlighted that patients could take action themselves, for example by doing an online course or attending one of its Living with Diabetes Days.