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Diabetes: The Hidden Killer

An investigation into the health epidemic that afflicts almost one in ten people in Birmingham and can lead to heart failure, blindness, kidney disease and leg amputations.

Britain is in the grip of a health epidemic that's threatening to overwhelm the NHS. More and more of us are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It's a hidden killer which can lead to heart failure, blindness, kidney disease and leg amputations. Now even children are being diagnosed with the condition. Filming over six months, Panorama reports from the frontline of the epidemic - in Birmingham, where almost one in ten people has the disease.

In this film, type 1 diabetes was referred to as 'the sort you're born with'. We acknowledge this is not medically accurate. Type 1 often develops in childhood to genetically predisposed individuals, but it can develop at any age, resulting from immune mediated injury to the pancreas.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 7 Oct 2016 00:50

Clarification

In this programme Type One Diabetes was referred to as “the sort you’re born with”. We acknowledge that this is not a medically accurate description.  Although Type One Diabetes commonly develops in childhood, often to genetically predisposed individuals, it can develop at any age. It results from immune mediated injury to the pancreas and it is not known exactly what triggers this.

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Dollan Cannell
Producer Alys Cummings
Executive Producer Diana Martin
Executive Producer Rachel Crellin
Executive Producer Steve Hewlett
Production Company Genie Pictures

Broadcasts

  • Mon 3 Oct 2016 20:30
  • Mon 3 Oct 2016 21:00
  • Fri 7 Oct 2016 00:50