Umberto Saoncella
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Diabetes: 'More could have been done'

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.

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

All forms of diabetes result in raised blood sugar levels are not controlled then it can cause serious damage.

Umberto Saoncella suffers from type 2 diabetes and has suffered a range of complications including cataracts and deformed feet. He told the BBC that "had action been taken earlier, I might not be in the situation I am now".

  • 29 Jun 2011
  • From the section Health
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