Too few people in England and Wales diagnosed with diabetes are being taught how to manage their condition, says a health charity.
Diabetes UK’s State of the Nation report found that in 2014 to 2015 only 2% of people newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and 6% of those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were recorded as going on a diabetes course.
Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines to help improve management of diabetes in adults and children, including promoting courses.
Only 41% of people with type 2 diabetes and 19% of people with type 1 diabetes are meeting their targets for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol, there is an urgent need to ensure that patients can access education courses and learn to manage their condition more effectively.
Chris Askew, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, says in a statement: “Diabetes is a very serious and complex health condition that requires constant self-management. This can be extremely overwhelming, yet people with diabetes may only see their GPs and nurses a few times year, and if they fail to manage their diabetes effectively the results can be devastating.