'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.

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'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.