I was reading online this morning that there has been a huge increase in the number of prescriptions made for treating diabetes. Over the past 6 years the number of prescriptions has risen by 50% to over 40 million per year. " />

Vast Increase in Diabetes Prescriptions

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And the trend is set to continue- currently there are 2.5 million sufferers of the condition but by 2025 this figure is set to reach 4.2 million. It is worth bearing in mind that approximately 90% of people who have diabetes suffer from Type 2 diabetes, a condition which very often can be prevented by taking a number of steps to improve your lifestyle and your general health. Click here to find out how to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

In the clinical negligence team we are often approached by people who are seeking to pursue a claim, and who suffer from diabetes. The problems associated with diabetes can however mean that sufferers find it harder to successfully pursue a claim because of the higher risk of them experiencing complications after medical treatment. It is harder for us to establish that the injuries or symptoms they have developed and wish to claim for are the result of negligent medical treatment as opposed to simply being an unfortunate complication of their diabetes.

Whilst you cannot eliminate the possibility of developing diabetes, it is important that people are aware of the risk factors (obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, excess alcohol consumption) so that they can take steps to reduce their own personal risk. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is also imperative to keep your blood sugar levels under control, to avoid potentially very debilitating complications.

Joanna Catterall

Solicitor - Clinical Negligence team

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