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Nearly half of Type 2 diabetics cannot self-manage, survey reveals

A new survey revealed 42% of people with Type 2 diabetes are “not confident managing their condition”.

Hundreds of thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes may not have the knowledge and information they need to manage their condition, the Diabetes UK survey suggests.

Just 16% of people were offered a diabetes education course when they were diagnosed with diabetes the survey found, despite NICE recommendations that it is offered to everyone.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Many people who are living with diabetes or have just been diagnosed, find the condition overwhelming and are very concerned by the possibility of life-altering complications. But we know that by giving people with diabetes access to support and education services, we can greatly increase their confidence in managing their condition and improve their health and outcomes.

"It is extremely worrying that so many people with diabetes don't feel confident at managing their diabetes, as this means huge numbers of people do not have information that could be lifesaving. This makes no sense because the health complications of diabetes are not only devastating but are also extremely costly to treat,” she said.

The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has now reached an all-time high of 3.9 million, and the cost accounts for 10% of the entire NHS budget.

“This Diabetes Week, we are urging the Government and the NHS to do more to ensure people with diabetes get the support and education they need to manage the condition not just at the point of diagnosis but beyond,” she said.