1.1 million people in the UK have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes and 62% of us admit to never having been tested
A lack of awareness has sparked cause for concern around one of the leading health conditions in the UK, Type 2 diabetes, with 62% of us admitting to never having been tested to determine our risk .
Over 1 million adults in the UK, that’s 2% of the population , have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes so LloydsPharmacy is on a mission to help find those people who are at risk and undiagnosed through their free screening service and health campaign #TheMissingMillion.
The lack of awareness will come as a surprise to the UK public with a quarter of us giving ourselves a solid 7 out of 10 when asked to rate our health but with just 38% of us having been tested previously for Type 2 diabetes , the majority of people are unaware of their risk.
Type 2 diabetes can strike at any time but a common misconception is that you are mainly at risk when you are over 50 years old. However, according to LloydsPharmacy’s data from the past twelve months , one in five of those who had a high or very high risk of Type 2 diabetes were aged under 50, indicating that people may need to consider their risks sooner than they think.
In total, one in 14 people tested by LloydsPharmacy in 2016 had a high or very high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years .
A lack of awareness about the symptoms also exists in the UK. When questioned, 45% of people failed to correctly identify increased thirst as a symptom and just 16% knew that frequent episodes of thrush is a symptom. 33% incorrectly identified sugar cravings as a symptom of Type 2 diabetes and 8% incorrectly identified body odour as a symptom.
LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Varun Bitra commented, “Type 2 diabetes commonly hits around middle age but it can develop in people who are much younger, even children. If left untreated it can lead to serious health problems, but when identified early and correctly managed people can maintain their health well and even reverse the progression of the condition. LloydsPharmacy can help you to identify your risk by completing a simple questionnaire and, if necessary, measure your blood pressure and taking a very small finger-prick sample of blood to measure your blood glucose level.”
LloydsPharmacy is on a hunt to find TheMissingMillion with a roadshow around the country, where they are offering free Type 2 diabetes screenings and the chance to get expert advice on managing your health to reduce your risk. Visit letstalkdiabetes.co.uk for more information.
Otherwise people are encouraged to pop into their local LloydsPharmacy and ask for the free Type 2 diabetes screening in store.
LloydsPharmacy and their contribution managing Type 2 diabetes
In 2003 LloydsPharmacy was the first national pharmacy network to offer free screening for Type 2 diabetes. Over 1.5 million people have been screened for Type 2 diabetes at LloydsPharmacy since 2003 and 4,012 checks were completed in 2016 . The Type 2 diabetes screening is for people who may be at risk of developing the condition. It is characterised by what is known as insulin resistance. This is where the body does not effectively respond to the insulin produced, as a result blood sugar levels become too high. lloydspharmacy.com/diabetes