Diabetes cases in UK hit high of 3 million
Three million people within the UK have now been diagnosed with diabetes, says analysis by charity Diabetes UK, which warns that this new high could create an incredible burden at the NHS.
Most of those cases are Type 2 diabetes, brought on by the UK’s ageing population and rapidly rising numbers of overweight and obese people.
Another 850,000 individuals are thought to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
The total represents a rise of 132,000 over the former year.
In 1996, the variety of people diagnosed with both sorts of diabetes was 1.4 million; the most recent figure is three million. Roughly 90% of those have Type 2 diabetes.
It is estimated that, by 2025, five million people can have diabetes.
Experts have previously warned that unless more is finished to avoid Type 2 diabetes, and more assistance is given to these with the condition, the rise may have huge implications for public health.
Diabetes UK said that each year in England and Wales, 24,000 individuals with diabetes died sooner than expected, a situation that was expected to get even worse without urgent action.
The charity made the announcement of the hot figures firstly of a public awareness campaign aiming to achieve the estimated seven million people at high risk of diabetes.
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said she was concerned by the numbers.
“There is no such thing as a reason to think this can mark the tip of what have been a rapid rise inside the condition.
“Instead, all of the projections suggest that the 3 million figure can be a grim staging post at the road towards a public health emergency and this unfolding tragedy is already putting huge pressure at the NHS and may have potentially devastating consequences for those individuals who develop the condition.”
But she said this case was avoidable.
“By identifying those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, we will ensure they begin getting support to make the type of lifestyle changes that may help prevent it.
“And by guaranteeing individuals who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are already getting the care and support they want, we will be able to help them avoid the devastating complications diabetes may cause.”