Prescriptions for type 2 diabetes increases by one third in England

Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Statistics from the NHS have revealed hotspots in England for type 2 diabetes, as well as a 34 per cent rise in the number of prescriptions in the last 5 five years.

While this may sound like a negative point, the charity Diabetes UK stressed that it is not, because it indicates that more people are correctly being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, reducing the number of people being left undiagnosed.

There were 26 million prescriptions issued five years ago for type 2 diabetes treatments, but over the last year this figure reached 35 million.

Exasol, a data analysis company, looked at data from every prescription handed out by pharmacies across England, between August 2010 and July 2016. The researchers also mapped out this data for the country, detailing which areas had the most prescriptions.

Newham (London) came top, with double the national average for prescriptions. This was followed by East Lindsey and South Holland, both in Lincolnshire, an area with a large migrant population and working class population.

Tower Hamlets, Tendring, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Harrow, North Warwickshire, Oldham and Sunderland completed the top 10 areas for prescriptions.

A number of areas have been increasing the amount of work they put into raising type 2 diabetes awareness, and preventing the condition, and this is shown through the rise in prescriptions.

The engagement communities manager at Diabetes UK, Krishna Sarda, said: "One of the consequences of doing a lot of prevention and raising awareness is people go to their GPs to get a blood test done.

"So the greater the numbers in the population demographically - and the campaign work that's happened in London and East Midlands - you'll have more people coming into the register as being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes."

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