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Diabetes epidemic in the UK

Tue, 21 Oct 2008

Concerns are growing that the UK could be experiencing a diabetes epidemic, with the latest figures showing diabetes diagnosis of 2.5 million people. Some 167,000 new cases have been recorded between in the last year, according to Diabetes UK, a UK diabetes charity .

The number seems to be soaring, over double the increase reported the year before. Exacerbated by a mounting obesity crisis, type 2 diabetes is spreading throughout the UK. Now, type 2 diabetes doesn’t just affect overweight adults, it affects young people also.

The figures show a dramatic increase that cannot be explained by advances in testing and diagnosis. The chief executive of Diabetes UK, Douglas Smallwood, was reported as commenting: "Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. It causes heart disease, stroke, amputations, kidney failure and blindness, and more deaths than breast and prostate cancer combined."
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