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Number of diabetes sufferers rise by 50 per cent in just five years

Published on 27/10/2011

Private health insurance customers could avoid the consequences of obese Britain, as increasing numbers of type 2 diabetes sufferers costs the NHS £9billion every year, a tenth of its budget.

With the NHS having to make over £20bn in savings over the next 4 years, the cuts are already being felt by patients without private medical insurance. Waiting lists are increasing, diagnostic tests are being restricted, and cancer drugs are being turned down.

A recent report by Diabetes UK revealed that the number of diabetes sufferers in Britain has risen by 50 per cent in five years. In the past year, the UK has seen an increase in more than 117,000 people with the condition.

Three million adults and children now suffer from diabetes, and 90% of these cases are of type 2, which can be caused by being overweight. With nearly a quarter of adults and a fifth of ten year olds now classified as clinically obese, health experts blame the figures on a rise in obesity.

Barbara Young, Diabetes UK chief executive, said: ‘The rate of increase of diabetes is growing with huge human cost and cost to the NHS.'

‘We must reverse this trend if more people are not going to suffer unnecessarily and if diabetes is not going to bankrupt the NHS.

‘Around 10 per cent of NHS spending goes on diabetes and its complications; this equates to £9billion per year, or £1million an hour.’

With private medical insurance, you will be covered for treatment in a private hospital of your choice at a time of your choice, avoiding the negative effects of obesity related illnesses on the NHS.

Recent news also revealed that type 2 diabetes could be prevented with the development of a new pill. However, the best way to prevent the condition is to live a healthy lifestyle. Certain insurers like PruHealth reward you for eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and not smoking.

Compare health insurance policies online now to help you avoid the consequences of obese Britain.

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