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Neuer Regierungsbericht beleuchtet versteckte Diabetes-Epidemie im Vereinigten Königreich

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Recent government report reveals that 1 million adults in the United Kingdom are likely living with undiagnosed diabetes and at least 5.1 million are pre-diabetic. Many of them may be young, of average weight, and completely symptom-free. That’s why a simple blood test is essential, says a leading expert.

Shocking new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that around one million adults have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Even worse, 50% of cases in individuals under 44 are likely to go undiagnosed. In 2019, there were nearly 14,000 diabetes-related deaths in the UK. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the outcome.

Dr. Avinash Hari Narayanan (MBChB), Clinical Lead at London Medical Laboratory, says, „Diabetes is an invisible killer that can shorten life by up to ten years.“ Untreated diabetes can lead to blindness, amputations, and death. Swift treatment is crucial. While millions of Brits are already being treated for type 2 diabetes, these new numbers indicate that approximately 30% of people with „mature“ type 2 diabetes are unaware of their condition. Ironically, the younger and healthier you appear, the more likely it is for your diabetes to go undetected.

„Even more alarming are the figures for pre-diabetics – individuals on the cusp of developing full-blown diabetes. According to the ONS, approximately one in nine Brits are affected by pre-diabetes, equating to about 5.1 million adults.

„It is astounding that both diabetes and pre-diabetes can be identified through a simple blood test from the fingertip, yet 30% of diabetics and potentially millions of pre-diabetics remain undetected.“ Remember, pre-diabetes is a completely reversible condition. Basic lifestyle and dietary changes can ensure full health restoration and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in most cases.

„Older or overweight individuals are likely to be screened for the condition.“ However, there are many people who could have diabetes or at least pre-diabetes, but never get tested. This includes individuals who are in better health, have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI), or are considered „low risk“ because they are under 44 years old. The ONS’s own numbers show that 8% of individuals who were not overweight or obese were known to have pre-diabetes. This represents a missed opportunity for intervention in a group of people who would potentially benefit more from positive outcomes.

„For pre-diabetics, it is unlikely that they will experience any symptoms, meaning the condition goes unnoticed even on the brink of type 2 diabetes when irreversible damage may have already occurred.“ That’s why we launched our „Show Diabetes the Finger“ campaign last year to identify undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes with a simple fingertip blood test.

„Increased testing is crucial to determine who among us belongs to this vulnerable population.“ The most accurate test for detecting pre-diabetes is the HbA1c test, which can be done at your local doctor’s office, but is now also available as a revolutionary and convenient at-home finger prick test at the London Medical Laboratory.

„The earlier this issue is identified, the better we can manage it.“ If you discover you have pre-diabetes, take it as a warning sign that you are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that pre-diabetes is not yet „full-blown“ diabetes and with proper support, up to 50% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.

„The HbA1c Finger Prick Test ‚Diabetes – Diagnosis and Monitoring‘ at London Medical Laboratory is considered the gold standard for regular testing. It is used to measure the average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months and accurately monitor and diagnose diabetes. The test can be posted home or dropped off at one of the many clinics offering these tests in London and nationwide at over 120 selected pharmacies and health stores.


London Medical Laboratory

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