Diabetes Care Not Up To the Mark in UK

An audit reveals that more people affected with diabetes are not getting valuable care in spite of routinely visiting their doctors.

According to the National Diabetes Audit, more than 90% patients suffering from diabetes in England and Wales remain in touch with health care professionals for a minimum once in a year. However, these patients are not achieving the required blood pressure and blood sugar targets.

The audit reveals that one third patients were not recommended urine test, which is the primary test in diagnosing the disease.

There has been a rise of 25% in the number of diabetes cases in the past six years, the audit highlights.

Around half of the people who suffered from type 2 diabetes got all the nine suggested care processes. These processes include blood tests and weight management. Type 2 diabetes is related to obesity.

The study disclosed that one third of people who had type 1 diabetes also got all the nine recommended care processes. Type 1 diabetes is less prevalent form of the disease.

Looking at the complete picture, half of the patients are not achieving the required blood pressure targets and more than one third people are not having proper control over blood sugar.

If the levels of blood sugar and blood pressure are not maintained, the patients have chances of getting complications like heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness and limb loss.