Diabetes mismanagement

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The dangers of diabetes mismanagement

For legal advice on cases of diabetes mismanagement contact our legal helpline for a free case assessment and details of no win, no fee funding. Call 0808 139 1606 or email us at [email protected]

A record number of people in the UK are either at risk of, or already have, diabetes – an estimated 4.7 million people at the last count. Research suggests that this number could rise to over 5 million by 2025.

Diabetes is a serious life-long condition that causes the body’s blood sugar levels to become too high

The vast majority of cases fall into either “Type 1” or “Type 2”.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is where the body attacks the cells in the pancreas so that it is unable to produce a hormone called insulin, which therefore needs to be provided through medication.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the insulin it produces does not work properly. Type 2 is capable of being controlled in a variety of ways. Around 90% of all diabetes cases are Type 2.

Complications of diabetes

Diabetes is perhaps an underrated condition in terms of its severity. On a weekly basis, the number of people experiencing severe complications such as heart attacks, strokes, amputations, eye disease, kidney problems, nerve damage or gum disease runs into the thousands. Every year, about 8,500 leg, foot, or toe amputations are carried out, mostly to address the complications of what started out as a simple foot wound.

Age, gender, and ethnic origin, are all relevant to the risk of developing the condition, but obesity is by far the greatest risk factor.

The importance of appropriate medical care

Serious complications can often be avoided with early diagnosis and appropriate medical advice, support and medication. Indeed, in some cases it is possible that the condition can be prevented altogether or put into remission.

The dangers of diabetes mismanagement

We regularly see cases involving the medical mismanagement of the underlying condition and its  complications, and the serious consequences this can bring for the patient. This includes cases where medical negligence has led to the need for amputation.

If you are concerned that your health may have been affected by mismanagement of your diabetes or any of its complications, we are here to provide free initial guidance on claiming compensation and can usually work on a no win, no fee basis.

For help with your diabetes mismanagement claim call 0808 139 1606 or email us at [email protected]