From Insulin usage in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in UK clinical practice: a retrospective cohort-based analysis using the THIN database:-
"Importantly, this analysis has been conducted using routine data from UK clinical practice, which allows an insight into how patients are managed in current UK practice. In summary, this study demonstrates a persisting delay both in oral therapy escalation and insulin initiations in patients with type 2 diabetes, with a relative reduction in the effectiveness of oral therapy escalation. There is an apparent threshold HbA1C of > 8.5% beyond which additional oral therapy in routine practice appears unlikely to achieve an HbA1C target ≤ 7.0%.
This study thus highlights the need for more timely escalation of glucose-lowering therapy, including insulin initiation, in order to limit unnecessary patient exposure to hyperglycaemia and associated serious consequences, such as macro-vascular and micro-vascular complications."
An HbA1C of 7.0% still results in macro-vascular and micro-vascular complications. If someone develops type 2 diabetes in the UK, the NHS isn't going to save them. They have to save themselves.
See also Having Diabetes and Car Insurance and Applying for a Driving Licence and Informing the DVLA. Basically, developing type 2 diabetes in the UK sucks.
People who have Impaired Glucose Tolerance need to take action to prevent their condition from deteriorating into full-blown Type 2 diabetes. See http://nigeepoo.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Diabetes.