Millions of diabetic medical complications could be avoided with small changes of sugar intake

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Millions of diabetic medical complications could be avoided with small changes of sugar intake

A new study by Diabetes UK released today shows that almost a million serious medical complications for those with diabetes could be avoided if the blood glucose (sugar) levels of patients were improved, even by a small amount.

It says this in turn could save the NHS billions of pounds.

A study, named IMPACT 2 found that modest improvement in blood glucose levels can provide significantly improved outcomes for the 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK.

As a result, almost a million serious medical complications, such as blindness, amputation and kidney failure could be avoided over 25 years, improving the lives of people with diabetes.

Better management of blood glucose levels over the same period could equate to a cost avoidance of £5.5 billion for the NHS.

To explain more, Robin Hewings, Head of Policy at Diabetes UK joined us un the studio.

 

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