Nearly 23 000 people in England aged under 18 have diabetes, survey shows

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c980
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

A national survey has found that 22 947 people in England under the age of 18 years have diabetes, the vast majority of whom have type 1 diabetes.

The survey was carried out as part of ongoing efforts to improve the care of people with diabetes and is one of the developments reviewed in the sixth annual report, published this week, on the national service framework for diabetes.

The data are needed to improve the provision of diabetes services, the report says. They show that 20 488 of the 21 136 young people who gave the classification of their diabetes had type 1 diabetes, 328 had type 2 diabetes, and 320 had other types.

Commenting on the findings, the health minister Ann Keen said, “For the first time we now know how many children and young people have diabetes in England, and the results of the study we undertook to provide this information will be central to understanding the variability in provision of care for this group.”

The report calls for more action to improve the control of blood glucose in children and young people with diabetes, after figures for 2007-8 …

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