'Three million' with diabetes

Research has shown that three million people in Britain have been diagnosed with diabetes, the equivalent to 4.6 per cent of the population. Experts say the figure is growing.

Talking about diabetes helps you learn says sufferer

There are thought to be 850,000 people who don not know they have type 2 diabetes.

A record breaking three million people have now been diagnosed with the disease, and experts are warning unless more is done to prevent the condition, the NHS could become burdened with unsustainable costs.

Diabetes sufferer Lynda Marks said dealing with the condition is much easier once you start talking about it.

She said: "It's difficult... to begin with."

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'Biggest' diabetes public awareness campaign launched

The biggest ever public awareness campaign on Type 2 diabetes risk factors is being introduced, as health experts reveal that three million people in Britain have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Funds raised will help to pay for research into a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes as well as aiming to identify the 850,000 people in the UK who could be at risk from the condition.

A blood sugar rating of 4.9, for non-diabetics a blood sugar rating of 4.0 to 5.9 is normal before meals Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Archive

The partnership between Diabetes UK and Tesco aims to provide information and advice to almost a million people with Type 2 diabetes, helping them to understand how to manage their condition.

Every year 24,000 people with diabetes die earlier than expected in England and Wales.

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'Rapid rise' in the number of those affected by diabetes

Urgent action is required to stop the problem of diabetes, a health organisation has warned.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

We are hugely concerned that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has reached three million for the first time and there is no reason to think this will mark the end of what has been a rapid rise in the condition.

Instead, all the projections suggest that the three million figure will be a grim staging post on the road towards a public health emergency and this unfolding tragedy is already putting huge pressure on the NHS and will have potentially devastating consequences for those people who develop the condition. But this is not inevitable.

Record 'three million' diagnosed with diabetes

Three million Britons have been diagnosed with diabetes, research has shown.

It is the equivalent to 4.6 per cent of the population, and experts say the figure is growing, warning it was a "grim staging post towards a public health emergency".

A patient undergoing a blood test for diabetes as three million people are diagnosed with the condition Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA Wire

Research by Diabetes UK and Tesco has found that more than 130,000 people were diagnosed with the disease over the last year, with an estimated 850,000 people thought to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Health experts say that the NHS could be burdened with unsustainable costs, unless more is done to prevent it.