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Delaying the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes causes these complications. A study explains

A major study revealed that the British diagnosed with type 2 diabetes takes more than two years on average after the condition develops, and this leads to delays in obtaining treatment, which increases the risk of serious complications such as heart, eye or kidney problems.

According to a report by the British newspaper "Daily Mail", experts said that the results, which were based on data from more than 200,000 patients, show the importance of regular screening for people over the age of 40 years for diabetes.

The researchers found that 2,022 participants had a blood sugar level that met the diagnostic threshold, but their general practitioner records revealed that it took an average 2.3 years after the test to receive a clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, and more than four million people in the UK suffer from it. From type 2 diabetes.

But the study found that those with the condition waited an average of 2.3 years, sometimes more than five years, before being diagnosed.

The study conducted at the University of Exeter in England showed that women are more likely to be delayed than men, such as those who are not obese or whose blood sugar level is at the lower end of the diabetes range. Data from 20,656 people were analyzed in the Biobank database. In the United Kingdom, participants gave a blood sample and their GP’s records were monitored for several years.

Researchers at the University of Exeter said the results showed the importance of screening among people over the age of 40, who are most at risk.

Dr Katie Young, lead author of the study presented at the UK Diabetes Professional Conference, said the findings "add to previous research indicating that population-level screening for type 2 diabetes can identify many conditions and improve patient outcomes."

"Early diagnosis is the best way to avoid the devastating complications of type 2 diabetes and provides the best chance to live a long and healthy life," said Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, from Diabetes UK.