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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Quarter of diabetes 'undiagnosed'

A quarter of people with diabetes in England have not had the condition diagnosed, a study suggests.

Among women over 40 who had diabetes, 45% had not had it diagnosed, the Healthcare Commission reported.

The NHS watchdog carried out an audit in 2003-4 of 250,000 patients in the country, covering 1,700 GP practices and 47 hospital trusts.

More than 1.7m people in England have diabetes - 75% of whom are type 2, which is linked to obesity.

Campaigners said the NHS must make sure people are identified before long-term complications took effect.

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