University of Leicester research shows that as many as one in three people with Type 2 diabetes are not taking recommended diabetes medication.
The research by the Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) at Leicester General Hospital and published in the journal Diabetes Care, revealed that 37.8% of patients do not take their medication as prescribed by their healthcare professional. This may be due to poor support and a lack of explanations about side effects, but is also likely to be contributing to an increase in medical problems for these people and higher costs to the NHS in treating them.
Data taken from a study of 318,125 records has discovered that people who stick to their prescribed treatments have a 10% lower risk of hospital visits and are 28% less likely to die than people who fail to take their medication.
People with Type 2 diabetes may have to take more than five different medications every day and the study concluded it was vital that health care professionals can recognise and treat patients who do not stick to their suggested routines.
The study was supported by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands.
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