PRimage has read that a survey of GPs’ surgeries reveals more than half a million people could have diabetes or a high risk of developing the condition without knowing it! Doctors examined medical records of more than 3.6 million patients at 480 surgeries in the UK and found thousands of cases of probable diabetes that had not been diagnosed. Hundreds of thousands more were found to be at risk of developing the disease.
Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team believe this is very worrying, because the earlier people are diagnosed, the earlier they can get on with managing the condition and reduce their risk of developing complications. Among the earliest symptoms of diabetes are blurry vision, thirst and a frequent need to urinate. In later stages, the disease can lead to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations and nerve damage. Two million people in Britain have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, with a further 300,000 known to have type 1, which commonly develops in childhood