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One in 10 UK adults could have diabetes by 2030, warns charity

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 07 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2453
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Up to one in 10 adults in the UK could have diabetes by 2030 unless the government makes a substantial investment in prevention services, a charity has warned.

Diagnoses of diabetes have doubled over the past 15 years, and there are currently almost 4.1 million people in the UK who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Around 90% have type 2, of which key risk factors are obesity and high blood pressure. Diabetes UK forecasts that this number could rise to 5.5 million if current trends continue and warned of a “public health emergency” …

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