According to predictions, by 2030 more than a quarter of NHS hospital beds could be taken up by diabetes patients.
A report by Diabetes UK last year estimated that one in four inpatients would have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, as well as their main disease.
But there are concerns that the figure is too conservative because the number of people who develop the condition because they are obese continues to rise.
Currently, one in six inpatients (18 percent) has diabetes, and although the vast majority (92 percent) are not admitted, the condition can make recovery difficult and increase the risk of death. Hospital.
Many patients also receive & # 39; poor care & # 39; and experienced medication errors made by staff, Diabetes UK warned.
There are about 4.7 million people in the UK with type 1 or type 2 diabetes – about a million of them know nothing about it – and this is on track to reach 5.5m in 11 years.
The warning comes when researchers revealed yesterday that diabetes diagnoses are increasing in the 40s because of high-fat diets and lazy lifestyles.
More than one in four hospital patients could have diabetes in 11 years. An expert said that current predictions about the type 2 diabetes that the country's health will take will get worse before being met, because so many people are obese (stock image)
A senior heart surgeon in Birmingham said that departments at his hospital & # 39; full & # 39; with diabetic patients with sometimes life-threatening complications.
The disease can cause severe nerve damage, gangrene, heart problems and strokes because it causes blood sugar levels to rise, damaging veins, arteries and internal organs.
Although the vast majority of patients – 92 percent – are not admitted to hospital due to their diabetes, this can make their recovery difficult.
& # 39; At the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, our departments are full of patients with diabetes complications & # 39 ;, Martin Claridge said Daily Express.
& # 39; This can be (kidney) failure requiring dialysis and patients with severe infections, including those who need emergency amputations of their lower limbs to save their lives.
& # 39; Many patients who have been admitted for other reasons have diabetes.
WHAT ARE TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar level of a person becomes too high.
It is thought that more than 4 million people in the UK have some form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight and it is more likely that you will get it if it is in the family.
The condition means that the body does not respond well to insulin – the hormone that controls the uptake of sugar in the blood – and is unable to properly regulate blood glucose levels.
Excess fat in the liver increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, because the build-up makes it more difficult to control glucose levels and the body is also more resistant to insulin.
Weight loss is the key to reducing liver fat and getting symptoms under control.
Symptoms include fatigue, thirst, and frequent urination.
It can lead to more serious problems with nerves, vision and the heart.
Treatment usually involves changing your diet and lifestyle, but in more serious cases, medication may be needed.
Source: NHS Choices; Diabetes.co.uk
& # 39; It means that their recovery is likely to take longer and that they are at increased risk of serious complications such as heart attacks. All these patients need more medical and nursing input. & # 39;
In a report by Diabetes UK, the charity blames a & # 39; dramatic rise in obesity & # 39; for increasing the number of people with type 2 diabetes.
It said that one in four hospital patients is likely to have diabetes by 2030.
But Tam Fry, president of the National Obesity Forum, said the estimate might not be hard enough.
& # 39; I think the current predictions will get worse before we get there & # 39 ;, he told MailOnline.
& # 39; The fact is that diabetes is increasing year after year, which is essentially due to the fact that the government has not done anything to reduce obesity, the main cause of diabetes. 90 percent of diabetics have obesity.
& # 39; The real tragedy is that it used to be known as a midlife disease, but now it is also a disease of young adulthood and youth.
& # 39; The government has its plan, but much more is needed than a short-term prevention plan – it must be long-term and the government must be much more consistent. & # 39;
Some hospitals already reported more than a third of their patients with diabetes and their most important illness in 2014.
Five years ago, 35 percent of patients at Bishop Auckland Hospital in County Durham were diabetic, along with 31 percent at Birmingham City Hospital in 2013, Diabetes.co.uk reported at the time.
A quarter of the adults are now obese and too much fat in the blood influences how well the body can use insulin to absorb sugar from food.
Not being able to absorb this vital sugar causes the symptoms of illness, including constant hunger and thirst, fatigue and slow wound healing.
Another 12 million people are at risk of developing diabetes because of their unhealthy lifestyles.
Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “More than one million people with diabetes were hospitalized in England in 2017 – meaning that about 18 percent of hospital beds were occupied by someone with diabetes – but it is incredibly important to emphasize that only eight percent were admitted because of their condition
& # 39; What we do know is that too many inpatients receive poor care – including medication errors by staff – during their stay in the hospital, putting them at risk for serious diabetes-related complications and in some cases a longer stay in the hospital. Hospital.
"If the projections that as many as one in four people in the hospital will have diabetes by 2030, it is clear that we now need investments to keep them safe while they are there."
HOW HAS OBESITY INCREASED IN ENGLAND?
The number of hospital patients treated by the NHS in England has risen almost nine times since 2007, the NHS figures revealed earlier this year.
In 2007/8, the number of people being treated in the hospital and having diabetes as their main disease or as a secondary disease – meaning that something else was the reason they were in the hospital – 80,914.
By 2017/8, the most recent available figures, this had risen to 710,562.
The annual profit was:
Source: NHS Digital
Research showed last night that there is a record number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when they are between 18 and 40 years old.
Scientists from the University of Leicester and Melbourne University have studied the health records of more than 370,000 patients and found that 18 to 40-year-olds represented 12.5 percent – one in eight – new type 2 diagnoses for 2017.
The figure had risen by almost a third from 9.5 percent in 2000.
"It is a time bomb for public health that is only getting worse because of increasing obesity," said Professor Sanjoy Paul, of the University of Melbourne.
& # 39; The government must take the emergence of type 2 diabetes with a very large problem very seriously. & # 39;
Chris Chapman, general director of blood glucose testing company GlucoRx, told MailOnline that the number of diabetic hospital patients is likely to have increased.
He said that the rates of obesity – a major cause of type 2 diabetes – "go crazy" and that the number of undiagnosed patients is also increasing.
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