Health: Diabetes

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people currently living with diabetes in the United Kingdom; of those, how many have not been diagnosed; what is the estimated annual cost to the National Health Service of the condition; and how much of the cost arises from complications that could be avoided by timely treatment.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We do not collate these figures for the United Kingdom, therefore data for England only has been provided. The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) estimated that in 2010 there were 3,099,853 people with diabetes. The National Diabetes Audit 2010-11 identified that there were 2,150,634 people with diabetes diagnosed and registered.

The department's programme budgeting data provide an estimate for expenditure on diabetes of £1.55 billion in 2010-11. This figure does not capture all the expenditure on diabetes.

The department does not have an estimate of the cost arising from complications that could be avoided by timely treatment.

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