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Diabetes worse risk for poor

27th July 2009

Diabetes UK have said that the least wealthy people in the UK have "more than twice" the risk of having diabetes than a person of average wealth. 

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People with diabetes who are very poor also have double the danger of having complications from the disease.

The charity's report also showed that women in the poorest homes had quadruple the risk of diabetes compared with women in the most wealthy ones.

In 2008 there were 2.5 million people with the condition living in the UK. Predictions estimate that by 2025 there will be four million diabetics in the country.

The most prevalent type of diabetes is type 2 which is connected with unhealthy lifestyles, such as being overweight, smoking and not exercising.

If the condition is not managed properly it can cause blindness, kidney failure and heart disease.

Douglas Smallwood, Diabetes UK chief executive, said something needed to be done in order to prevent poor people "ending up in an early grave".

He said the health service needed to make sure that poor people were aware of the danger of diabetes and were able to access health care services.

"Research has shown that people with diabetes in deprived or high ethnicity areas are less likely to have key health checks, putting them at increased risk of developing devastating complications," he added.

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