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Diabetes diagnosis reaches three million

5th March 2013

Data analysed by Tesco and Diabetes UK shows the number of people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes has reached three million.

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The chief executive of Diabetes UK, Barbara Young, said: "We are hugely concerned that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has reached three million for the first time. There is no reason to think this will mark the end of what has been a rapid rise in the condition."

"Instead, all the projections suggest that the three million figure will be a grim staging post on the road towards a public health emergency. This unfolding tragedy is already putting huge pressure on the NHS and will have potentially devastating consequences for those people who develop the condition."

The data showed 4.6% of the UK population suffer from diabetes, while another 850,000 people are believed to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Annually, 24,000 premature deaths occur because of the condition in England and Wales, and this figure is expected to increase.

Diabetes UK and Tesco have launched a partnership which will see Tesco aiming to raise £10 million for a public awareness campaign targeting type 2 diabetes. 

 

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