Pre-diabetes warning to 7 million in the UK
Tuesday 20th October, 2009
As many as seven million people in the UK are displaying the early signs of diabetes, according to the latest research.
The condition known as ‘pre-diabetes’ increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 15 times. Those with a higher risk include people who are overweight, obese, have high blood pressure or cholesterol levels or have a family history of the condition.
The charity Diabetes UK stated the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced by 60% through weight loss, increased physical activity and a healthy diet.
Type 2 diabetes currently affects 2.6 million people in the UK with 145,000 new cases diagnosed last year alone.
Chief executive of Diabetes UK Douglas Smallwood has called for people to become more health conscious.
“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,” he said.
“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.”