A Sheffield diabetes expert has called for ‘immediate action’ to improve the lives of young patients with the condition – after figures revealed too few people aged under 40 with type 2 diabetes receive vital health checks.
Statistics from the National Diabetes Audit, covering 2012-13, showed just over 46 per cent of young type 2 diabetes patients across the country received eight out of nine recommended annual checks, including blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index measurements.
However, more than 65 per cent of patients aged 65 to 79 received eight of the nine checks.
Dr Soon H Song, consultant physician and diabetologist for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s time to treat type 2 diabetes in the young as a serious condition and immediate action is needed if the future of these young lives is to be improved. Type 2 diabetes is a devastating disease which places a huge burden on young patients who will develop potentially life-threatening complications at an early age.”
He added: “These young patients must be intensively treated to prevent these complications.’’