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Number of people living with diabetes doubles in twenty years

Number of people living with diabetes doubles in twenty years

Publication date: Monday, 19 March 2018
Contributor(s): Jeremy Bray

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last twenty years, according to new analysis released today by Diabetes UK. The new figures show that there are now almost 3.7 million people living with a diagnosis of the condition in the UK, an increase of 1.9 million since 1998.

The data also shows that the number of people diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes has increased by almost 100,000 since last year to 3,689,509.

Bradford has the UK’s highest prevalence of diabetes, with more than one in ten people (10.4%) living with a diagnosis. Conversely, Richmond in London has the lowest incidence, with 3.6 % of the population affected. The national average 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. Counting this undiagnosed population, the total number of people living with diabetes reaches 4.6 million.

There are an estimated 12.3 million people at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in the UK, and obesity is the leading cause in the majority of preventable cases. Three in five women (59%) and two in three men (68%) are overweight or obese. More than one in five children (22%) are overweight or obese in their first year of primary school in England. This increases to more than one in three (34%) by the time they leave primary school.

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To find out more go to www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-statistics

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Edition: Volume 3, Number 3, BJPCN Online 2018
Contributor(s): Jeremy Bray

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