Undiagnosed diabetes: prevalence, risks and solutions

What complications does undiagnosed diabetes cause, and what is the role of optometrists in detecting and preventing this condition? Kathy Oxtoby reports.

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More than 4.9 million people in the UK are currently living with diabetes. An additional 13.6 million people are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK, while 850,000 people are currently living with type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed. Cases of diabetes in the UK have doubled in the last 15 years (Diabetes UK, 2021a). 


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