24,000 excess deaths from diabetes

The National Diabetes Audit in England has just published its results. Far too many excess avoidable deaths.Full report here

Some shocking statistics include

  • women between 15 and 34 years of age who have type 1 diabetes are nine times more likely to die than women in the general population, and women of this age with type 2 diabetes are six times more likely to die.
  • risk of death for a person with type 1 diabetes is 2.6 times higher than that of the general population. For people with type 2 diabetes it is 1.6 times higher.
  • Strong link between deprivation and increased rates of early death. Among under-65s with diabetes, death rates among people from the most deprived backgrounds were double that of those from the least deprived.

Motivating patients is a big part of chronic disease management and often the most difficult to maintain in the long run. Modern tech could help with constant reinforcement.

One area that needs to be tacked is care of young people with diabetes. Old models of care are not working. Regular attendance at clinic model is not very effective and needs revisited. I think the new world of apps, remote monitoring etc will make a difference in the long run.

 

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