A new study has revealed that more than half of diabetes patients do not realize that they are suffering from the condition, increasing the chances of other complications due to late diagnosis.
According to the report published by Diabetes UK, more than 56 percent of the patients who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes had no idea that they had the disease. Almost 85 percent of such patients were diagnosed with the disease while undergoing routine checkups or while being treated for other diseases.
Late diagnoses had already led to other complications such as heart disease, blindness or kidney disease in almost half of such patients.
Douglas Smallwood who is the chief executive of Diabetes UK said that there was an urgent need to educate people to recognize the signs of diabetes and obtain treatment as early as possible.
"We need to make sure that people are aware of the risk factors and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and we need to encourage them to ask for a diabetes test if they are at risk of developing the condition. Diabetes awareness is key if we want to prevent people from facing a future of ill health: being diagnosed early means that you are less likely to develop the serious complications of diabetes", he added.