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Diabetes set to soar

Diabetes UK has said that by 2025 there will be four million people with diabetes in the UK

Leading health charity, Diabetes UK has said that by 2025 there will be four million people with diabetes in the UK.

Based on the new figures, published by the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory, the number of people in the UK with diabetes will rise by 46 per cent, bringing the total number of people with diabetes to an estimated 4.2 million.

"Awareness and prevention are crucial if we want to avert this future health crisis and see the number of people with Type II diabetes fall," said Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK.

"We need to encourage people to reduce their risk of developing the condition by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight and leading an active lifestyle."

Information from the Department of Health shows that life expectancy is reduced by at least 15 years for someone with Type I diabetes. In Type II diabetes, which is preventable in two-thirds of people who have it, life expectancy is reduced by up to 10 years. 

Currently, approximately 5 per cent of total NHS spend (and up to 10 per cent of hospital in-patient spend) is used for the care of people with diabetes.

10th June 2008

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