Diabetes cases expected to rocket in the next few years

10:22 02 October 2012

The number of people with diabetes is expected to rise. Hugo Philpott/PA Wire

The number of people with diabetes is expected to rise. Hugo Philpott/PA Wire

An extra 80,000 Londoners are expected to be diagnosed with diabetes by the end of the decade, according to the latest estimates.

The analysis, by Diabetes UK and based on data from health experts, shows that a total of 569,000 people are projection to have the condition by 2020. The total currently stands at 481,000.

The majority of additional cases will be Type 2 diabetes, which can be stemmed by making healthier lifestyle choice and shedding weight.

Diabetes UK has called on the government to fund a public health campaign to raise awareness of the seriousness of the condition.

Chief executive Barbara Young said: “The healthcare system is already at breaking point in terms of its ability to provide care for people with diabetes.

“The result is that many people are developing health complications that could have been avoided and are dying early as a result.”

The main ‘risk factors’ for developing Type 2 diabetes are being overweight or obese, and having a waistline larger than 37ins for men and 31.5ins for women.

Those over 40 or from South Asian, black Caribbean or African origin are also at risk.

According to Diabetes UK, the number of people with the condition is expected to swell by 700,000 to 4.4million people.

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