«The diabetes epidemic is a growing concern in many parts of the world. In the UK, over 3.9 million people have the chronic illness, which Diabetes UK estimates will increase to 5 million by 2025.
People living with diabetes can find it affects their life in many ways. It can impact their bodily health but also their social life and mental wellbeing. On a broader level, it impacts health systems around the world too. Diabetes costs the NHS in the UK almost £10 billion per year. £8.8 billion of that money goes to type 2 diabetes, which is mostly preventable. Only a small amount of that £10 billion goes towards treatment; 80% of the spending is on handling complications which can include heart disease, kidney issues, vision problems and strokes.
The climbing rate of diabetes has been outpacing our advancements in treatment and prevention. However, the concerning numbers have encouraged brilliant innovators to jump into action. More and more healthtech startups are revolutionising treatments while increasing the accessibility of diabetes prevention programs.»
Article written by Once Daily