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Number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last twenty years, finds new charity research

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Research shows the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last twenty years

New figures released by Diabetes UK have revealed that there are now almost 3.7 million people living with a diabetes diagnosis in the UK – an increase of 1.9 million since 1998.

The analysis by the charity also discovered that the number of people diagnosed with Type 1 or Tye 2 diabetes has increased by almost 100,000 since last year.

Bradford, in West Yorkshire, has the UK's highest prevalence of diabetes, with more than one in ten (10.4%) people living with a diagnosis. On the contrary, Richmond in London has the lowest incidence, with 3.6 per cent of the population affected.

The national average of diabetes prevalence is currently 6.6%.

Almost nine in ten people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2, and it is estimated that there are nearly 1 million people currently living with the condition who don't know they have it because they haven't been diagnosed.

While Type 1 diabetes isn't currently preventable, three in five cases of Type 2 can be prevented or delayed by making healthier choices.

This can be achieved by helping people understand their own risk of developing the condition - and how to reduce it - and by securing early diagnosis for those known to be at high risk.

Obesity is the leading cause in the majority of preventable cases.

With so many at risk of developing Tyne 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK is calling on the Government to take further action to tackle childhood obesity, by introducing stricter restrictions on junk food advertising to children and supermarket price promotions for unhealthy food.

"More than one in five children are overweight or obese in their first year of primary school in England."

- Diabetes UK

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: 'Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time; and the face that diagnoses have doubled in just twenty years should give all of us serious pause for thought.

'Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are serious conditions that can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease if people don’t receive a timely diagnosis and begin receiving the right care.

'We want the Govt to recognise the seriousness of the growing diabetes crisis, take action to help those at increased risk, and help us turn the tables on this devastating condition.'