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World Diabetes Day - The Hidden Killer


World Diabetes Day arrives on the 14th November each year – an annual reminder of the risk increasing statistics, unchanging health risks and shocking costs we pay toward the condition, both physically and financially.




Diabetes statistics (Dec 2015):

- 4 million people in the UK have diabetes – 1 million more have undiagnosed diabetes

- In the UK, 1 person is diagnosed with diabetes every 2 minutes

- The risks of diabetes are heart failure, kidney disease, amputations, blindness and death

- 16 years ago, there were no documented cases of a child within the UK having type 2 diabetes – today there are 500

- Annual UK cost of absenteeism due to diabetes is £8.4 billion

- 1% of the NHS budget is spent on foot ulcers and amputations as a direct result of type 2 Diabetes

- The entire expenditure on Diabetes equates to 10% of the NHS budget - £10 billion.

This works out to:

  • £192 million a week
  • £27 million a day
  • £1 million an hour
  • £19,000 a minute
  • £315 a second


- The total cost for both direct and indirect costs relating to diabetes in the UK is £23.7 billion. By 2035/6, this is predicted to rise to £39.8 billion

- Obesity is the most potent risk factor of type 2 Diabetes. It accounts for 80-85% of the overall risk of developing type 2 Diabetes and underlies the current global spread of the condition

- Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age in the UK

- Globally, diabetes attributes for 14.5% of all global mortality in the 20-79 age group – 47% of deaths occur in those under 60 years of age

- In England and Wales, 65 people die prematurely every day due to diabetes


It may seem a daunting task, but self-management is the cornerstone for effective diabetes care. You can aid your diabetes management through various forms, which include: 

  • Adequate testing of your blood sugar levels to ensure stability
  • Sufficient and appropriate food and drink throughout the day
  • Having a thorough educational understanding of diabetic management to ensure your best chances of stabilising and diminishing the condition


  1. Please see our type 2 Diabetes fact sheet for further advice with regards to diet and exercise. To discuss which services may be useful to your business please contact
  2. The Healthy Employee Online Programme includes a programme specifically designed for those managing diabetes. Click here to find out more.   
  3. 1 million people in the UK have diabetes but are not diagnosed, our Health Assessments will enable us to assess individuals and pick up on their potential risk through the instigation of testing their blood glucose level, blood pressure and cholesterol level.
  4. For our full range of services, click here.


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