NHS70: spotlight on diabetes

A woman checks her blood sugar level

There are currently 3.8 million people with diabetes.  It’s estimated that 3.4 million have Type 2, with a further five million currently at risk of developing it.

It’s predicted that by 2035 there will be an estimated 4.9 million people with diabetes in England. You might be surprised to know that around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year in England.

Type 2 diabetes is a growing health issue and one which NHS England is tackling with its head on, with its diabetes programme which not only focusses on prevention but on treatment and care of the disease.

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NHS 70 - Diabetes care since 1948

As part of the NHS70 celebrations our National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, Professor Jonathan Valabhji has reflected on diabetes care since 1948.

Take a look at the below video and hear how in the last 70 years we’ve seen vast changes, developments and evolutions in diabetes. Professor Jonathan Valabhji categorises the changes into three main categories; population demographic, technologies and how life has improved for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.


Type 2 diabetes and the importance of prevention

The increasing number of people with Type 2 diabetes challenges the NHS and all healthcare systems across the world. Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England marks the start of Diabetes Prevention Week by providing an insight into the ongoing work to reach people who are at risk in…