Health: Diabetes

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how many (a) adults, and (b) children, in the United Kingdom have type 1 diabetes.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people in England who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year compared with (a) Scotland, and (b) Wales.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have not undertaken a formal assessment of the number of adults and children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Data from the quality and outcomes framework (QOF) show that that number of people with diabetes has increased annually. However, it is not possible from the QOF data to differentiate between people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

QOF-Number of patients with a recorded diagnosis of diabetes
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
1,766,391 1,890,663 1,961,976 2,088,335 2,213,138

The diabetes register only includes patients aged 17 years and over, as the care of children with diabetes is generally under the control of specialists. Data from Growing Up with Diabetes: Children and Young People with Diabetes in England reported that in February 2009 there were 22,947 children and young people with diabetes. Of this number, 20,488 were classified as having type 1 diabetes.

Without exact data on the number of people with type 1 diabetes, we are not able to make direct comparisons with other countries.

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Jo Brodie
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 5:19 pm (Report this annotation)

The report "Growing up with diabetes: children and young people with diabetes in England" is available from this link: