According to a report by the charity Diabetes UK, the National Health Service is spending 1 million GBP an hour treating diabetes and its complications. That’s 10% of its yearly budget. With today’s economic woes that is a remarkable figure, given that the disease is largely preventable.

And, as reported by The Guardian, despite advances in detection and treatment, incidence of the disease – which causes heart attacks, strokes and blindness – is spiraling.

The UK is not the only country facing this expensive challenge. Reports from all over the world have been warning of the dangers of obesity and lack of exercise – linked to the most common form of the disease, Type 2 diabetes.

Search Google and you’ll find an abundance of references to the disease. It impacts all health care providers and raising awareness is vitally important. That’s what Diabetes UK is doing with their The Silent Assassin campaign.