Type 2 Diabetes Is Often Undiagnosed and Can Be a Silent Killer

Mon, 18 Jan 2010
56 per cent of those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2009 did not even suspect they could have the condition, as they failed to identify its early symptoms, says a new report by Diabetes UK.

Late diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes leaves people at risk of developing the complications related to the condition, such as, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and amputation .

Half of those with the condition show signs of complications by the time they are diagnosed.

Most diabetics were diagnosed 'by accident' whilst undergoing routine medical tests or when being treated for other conditions or medical issues.

Just 16 per cent of diabetics were diagnosed after they proactively requested a diabetes test.

Diabetes UK suggests that there are around 500,000 people in the UK who are diabetics but are not aware of it.

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