Diabetes disaster in the UK up by a million in just seven years

Sadly, as predicted, the number of British adults with diabetes has hit 3.2 million, with a further 850,000 believed to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

“The big increase in the number of people with diabetes confirms that we are in the middle of an unfolding public health disaster that demands urgent action.  It is frightening to think that one in 17 people has been diagnosed.  Firstly, we need more focus on preventing Type 2 diabetes, as this is the only way we can bring the rapid rise in diabetes cases under control.  We also need to address the obesity crisis, which is what is fuelling the increase in Type 2, by making healthy food cheaper and more accessible and by making it easier for people to build physical activity into their daily lives.  There are too many people getting a raw deal and this is fuelling high rates of diabetes-related complications and early death”
Diabetes UK, chief executive Barbara Young, February 2014.

The National Health Institute and Diabetes UK has announced:

  • The number of British adults with diabetes has risen to more than 3.2 million – up by a million in just seven years
  • Over 163,000 people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2013, the biggest total in a year since 2008
  • This brings the total to one in 17 of the population
  • In 2006, the figure was 2.2 million
  • The reason behind the alarming growth is of course, the obesity crisis
  • A further 850,000 are suspected of having Type 2 diabetes
  • This does not take into account the pre-diabetes explosion

As reported by The Daily Mail on February 10, 2014. 

Posted: Saturday 17 May 2014