Friday, 19 August 2011

Thousands may be unaware they have diabetes

Thousands may be unaware they have diabetes

AS MANY as 30,000 people in Ireland have diabetes without being aware of it, a study has found.

A screening programme involving more than 19,000 people has shown that in excess of 2,400 individuals have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

When these findings are extrapolated to the estimated 1.38 million individuals in Ireland aged between 45 and 75, almost 30,000 people could have undetected type 2 diabetes and 146,000 undetected pre-diabetes.

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