Type II diabetes is a big problem for individuals and a huge cost to the NHS. It's clearly a complex problem that there's no easy answer to. We all bear some responsibility to help ensure we maintain our own health though.
The NHS programme for screening those at high risk of type 2 diabetes is unlikely to have much impact, an Oxford University study in the BMJ suggests. It concluded that inaccurate blood tests would give too many people an incorrect diagnosis, while lifestyle changes had a low success rate. But the director of the NHS programme said its approach was based on "robust evidence". The programme started last year and will cover all of England by 2020. Type 2 diabetes leads to 22,000 early deaths every year in England and costs the NHS £8bn. In the UK, about 3.2 million people have type 2 diabetes and this is predicted to rise to 5 million by 2025.