Doubling of diabetes cases could reflect better early diagnosis, but is still 'dramatic and disappointing', says RCGP

Publication date: 27 February 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said: "These figures are dramatic but may partly reflect that we are better at early diagnosis of diabetes – however they are very disappointing.

"This report lays bare the true cost of diabetes, in human and financial terms. The fact that most Type 2 cases are brought on as a result of our modern lifestyles and are therefore preventable makes it even more shocking.

"GPs want our patients to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives and we try our best to talk with them about simple lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on their health.

"But the buck cannot stop with healthcare professionals alone - educators, food manufacturers, retailers and others all have a part to play.

"The College has supported a tax on sugary drinks, but a levy on its own will not solve the obesity crisis. It must be part of a much broader strategy including measures to improve eating and snacking habits, and ways to increase levels of physical activity amongst people of all ages."

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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