George Rook at his satirical best and he does have a point!
A world without diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that is invisible. The disease is hidden, often not diagnosed until it has caused damage.
Type 2 diabetes is often brought on by being overweight, eating an unhealthy diet, and too much of it.
The UK spends around £9bn a year treating people for type 2 diabetes. (£1bn for type 1.)
The total direct and indirect costs of type 1 and 2 diabetes is around £24bn a year.
It can usually be avoided by having a healthy lifestyle…reasonable exercise, good diet, healthy weight.
The results of diabetes include loss of limbs, loss of eyesight, heart disease, renal disease, extensive neuropathic pain.
I wish to propose that this disease, which is invisible and to a large extent avoidable, should not be treated.
The direct health care savings of £10bn could be used elsewhere to improve care and introduce new, expensive drugs and treatment…
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