One person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every three minutes
Apr 01, 2019
Source: Diabetes UK
New analysis by Diabetes UK has shown that one person is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every three minutes in England and Wales.
202,665 people were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in England and Wales in 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That amounts to 23 people every hour, or one person every three minutes.
Of these new diagnoses in 2017, 192,245 were in England and 10,420 were in Wales. A further 16,216 people were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Scotland during the same time period. Statistics are not available for Northern Ireland.
NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Program is running Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week from April 1st to 7th to raise awareness about their Healthier You program, a free service to help people reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes UK has teamed up with NHS England and is encouraging people to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by using the Know Your Risk tool.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to devastating complications that include sight loss, stroke and kidney failure. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss and the most common cause of lower limb amputation in the UK.
The alarming rate at which people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes has been fueled by the obesity epidemic. Three in five adults in the UK are overweight or obese. While other factors like age and ethnicity affect a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, being overweight is the most significant risk factor that can be changed, and accounts for 80 to 85 per cent of a person’s risk.
Recently released figures from Diabetes UK showed the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has risen to 4.7 million, and is expected to reach 5.5 million by 2030. NHS England currently spends 10 per cent of its annual budget on treating diabetes and its associated complications. If nothing changes this will increase as more people develop the condition. 90 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes…
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