Type 2 diabetes diagnosed every three minutes

Someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales every three minutes, according to figures released by Diabetes UK. Data show that 202 665 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2017, equivalent to 23 people every hour.

However, on a positive note it is 27 cases fewer each day than in 2016 when there were 579 over 24 hours. Total diagnoses in the two countries were 211 425 during 2016.

Dr Partha Kar, Associate Clinical Director for Diabetes for NHS England says: ‘These figures underline the importance of wider action on obesity prevention, and confirm the importance of the action set out in the NHS long-term plan. This includes expanding the NHS type 2 diabetes prevention programme so that 200 000 people every year can benefit, and introducing a pilot of very low-calorie diets that have been shown to put type 2 diabetes into remission in a significant proportion of those that already have it.’

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK says: ‘One person being diagnosed every three minutes illustrates the frightening speed at which the number of people living with type 2 diabetes is increasing. However, three in five cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by eating well, being active and achieving a healthy weight, meaning there is hope for the future’

The number of people living with all types of diabetes in the UK has reached 4.7 million, according to figures released by Diabetes UK in February.

With the disease increasingly being diagnosed in children, the charity has warned that more than 5.5 million people will have the condition by 2030.

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