Nearly one in ten people in UK will have diabetes by 2030, charity warns


lmost one in 10 people in the UK will have diabetes by 2030, with obesity fuelling a rise in cases, a charity has warned.

About 5.5 million people are likely to be living with diabetes within the next decade, putting them at risk of “devastating complications” including heart attacks, kidney failure, stroke, amputation and blindness, Diabetes UK said.

Chris Askew, the charity’s chief executive, said the country is “at the tipping point of a public health emergency” and action is needed “to stop it in its tracks”.

Unless something is done to stem the rise in cases, Diabetes UK estimates there could be more than 87,000 hospital admissions a year in England by 2030 for the condition.

This would be an increase of 14% from 2020/21 and more than 50% higher than the figure for 2006/07.

The data is based on Public Health England and the Association of Public Health Observatories’ diabetes prevalence projection models.

Additional analysis from Diabetes UK also suggests one in three UK adults – more than 17 million people – could be at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 2030.

The charity is calling for action on several fronts, including enrolling more people in the NHS diabetes prevention programme.

The programme aims to help people reach a healthy weight, learn to eat better and make regular exercise a part of life.

Diabetes UK also wants people who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to go into remission where possible through measures such as tailored weight-loss advice or gastric band surgery.

Furthermore, it wants to see access to weight loss programmes expanded and assurances that people with all types of diabetes will get their regular NHS checks to cut the risk of complications.


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