UK could see up to 24,000 less diabetes-related deaths each year, if patients and doctors managed the condition in a better way, according to the report into death rates, from the National Diabetes Audit for England. The report revealed that basic health check ups, a good diet and regular medication could prevent most of the deaths.
About 70,000 to 75,000 people with diabetes die in England every year, which accounts for about 15% of all deaths.
Audit lead clinician Dr. Bob Young, consultant diabetologist and clinical lead for the National Diabetes Information Service, said, "For the first time we have a reliable measure of the huge impact of diabetes on early death. Many of these early deaths could be prevented. The rate of new diabetes is increasing every year. So, if there are no changes, the impact of diabetes on national mortality will increase. Doctors, nurses and the NHS working in partnership with people who have diabetes should be able to improve these grim statistics."