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Pre-diabetes warning

19th October 2009

Diabetes UK has estimated that around seven million people in the UK have pre-diabetes and have 12 times the danger of developing type 2 diabetes.


The charity said the condition was a "ticking time bomb" and added that the danger of developing type 2 diabetes could be cut by 60% by eating healthily, exercising and losing weight.

Pre-diabetes tends to affect people who have a family history of the disease, or who are overweight or have high blood pressure.

In the UK 2.6 million people have diabetes and 145,000 new cases of the condition were diagnosed in 2008.

The government began a programme in April 2009 to check the health of people aged between 40 and 79. These checks are intended to identify danger signs such as high blood pressure and obesity.

Diabetes UK chief executive, Douglas Smallwood, said pre-diabetes was a serious concern.

"It's staggering that seven million people in the UK have pre-diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, a serious condition which can lead to long-term complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation and blindness."

"Identifying and educating people with pre-diabetes is vital as it's not too late for many to make healthy lifestyle changes, reverse the condition completely and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes," he added.


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Article Information

Title: Pre-diabetes warning
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 12931
Date Added: 19th Oct 2009


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