The number of people with diabetes in the UK has reached an all-time high of 3.9 million, according to the latest figures. Diabetes UK said there were 3,333,069 adults registered with diabetes in 2013/14, an increase of more than 125,000 adults compared to the previous year – equivalent to the population of Norwich.
Well over half a million people are estimated to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, which is linked to increasing levels of obesity, unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise.
There is no way of preventing type 1 diabetes, which occurs as a result of the body being unable to produce insulin and usually develops in childhood, affecting 10% of sufferers.
Diabetes UK have said that with so many people now living with the condition, the NHS needs to prioritise giving them the education they need to manage their diabetes well. If not, it can result in devastating health complications, including amputation, blindness and stroke.
The condition also costs the NHS nearly £10 billion annually, 80% of which is spent on managing avoidable complications.