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NHS faces diabetes 'time-bomb', says report

The health service could face a "diabetes time bomb" according to an audit of patients in England and Wales.

The report says 800,000 Type 1 and Type 2 patients have elevated blood sugar levels which could lead to kidney failure, limb amputation and stroke.

It warned that many of the patients were young or middle aged, and could require "substantial hospital care in a matter of years".

Diabetes UK said the findings highlighted the need for urgent action.

Adam Brimelow reports.

  • 29 Jun 2011
  • From the section Health