Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hidden Diabetes of 120,000 in Capital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hidden Diabetes of 120,000 in Capital

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Byline: REBECCA SMITH

ALMOST 120,000 Londoners have a dangerous form of diabetes but do not know it, research has shown.

In some parts of the capital only half of those with type 2 diabetes have been diagnosed.

Department of Health figures show an estimated 398,149 people in London have it but only 278,527 have been diagnosed. The disease is linked to obesity and there are fears its prevalence will increase as the obesity epidemic worsens, especially in children.

Charity Diabetes UK called for urgent action to diagnose sufferers. Chief executive Douglas Smallwood said: "It is unacceptable people are going about their lives unaware they have a condition that puts them at greater risk of heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and amputations."

In London, Camden primary care trust has the highest share of undiagnosed type 2 sufferers: 48.8 per cent. Nationally, the figure is 28 per cent.

Diabetes UK has launched a campaign, Measure Up, to help identify those with type 2. …

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