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3.9 million people now living with diabetes

The number of people with diabetes in the UK has reached an all-time high of 3.9 million, according to new figures released this week by Diabetes UK.

The new information, extracted from official NHS data and published at the start of Diabetes Week, shows that there were 3,333,069 adults registered with diabetes in 2013-2014, an increase of more than 125,000 adults compared to the previous year. This increase is equivalent to the population of Norwich. The number of people estimated to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes is 590,000 adults in 2013-2014. To read more, click here.

People with Type 2 diabetes "not confident" about condition

A total of 42 per cent of people with Type 2 diabetes do not feel confident in managing their condition, according to a survey published this week by Diabetes UK.

Published during Diabetes Week, the survey of 2,722 people who attended a Diabetes UK’s Living with Diabetes Days, suggests that many hundreds of thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes do not have the knowledge and information they need to manage their condition and so reduce their risk of devastating health complications. To read more, click here.

Diabetes app design wins national challenge

A game design to help with diabetes management including taking medication has won a national challenge.

The Dap’n’ app design by Reina Yaidoo and her team was chosen as the winner of the contest for its high ratings and praise from peer reviewers – and now moves are underway to turn it into reality. To read more, click here.

Leicester professors listed in global top ten

Two professors from Leicester have been named in a list of the top ten diabetes experts in the world.

Professors Kamlesh Khunti and Melanie Davies were recognised among the global elite in their field for their contributions to research into Type 2 diabetes and the resulting advances in care.

The list was published at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association meeting in Boston last week. To read more, click here.

Unawareness diabetes can lead to blindness

Over 40 per cent of British people do not realise that blindness is one of the major complications of diabetes, according to a survey published by Diabetes UK.

The survey of 1,994 adults aged 15 and over found that 41 per cent of people are unaware that diabetes can lead to blindness, as diabetes can lead to blood vessels to the retina becoming blocked, leaky or growing haphazardly.

This is despite the fact that diabetes is the biggest cause of preventable blindness among working age people in the UK and diabetes also puts people at increased risk of developing glaucoma (a build-up of pressure in the eye) and cataracts. To read more, click here.