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Warning over diabetes national health emergency'

A charity has warned that diabetes is becoming a "national health emergency" as figures suggest that hundreds of people are diagnosed with the condition every day in the UK.

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Some 3.8 million people in the UK have diabetes

Around 3.8 million people in the UK are diabetic and about 35% of the population have borderline diabetes. Diabetes UK has called for more focus on preventing type 2 diabetes, saying that if the rate of people getting the condition continues the consequences could be "disastrous".

It is deeply worrying that more than 700 people a day are being diagnosed with diabetes and this clearly shows the frightening scale of what is fast becoming a national health emergency.

If we continue to see people being diagnosed at this rate then the consequences will be disastrous.

As the number of people with diabetes grows, we are likely to see even more people endure devastating health complications such as amputation and kidney failure and more people die tragically young.

It would also lead to an increase in NHS costs that would be simply unsustainable.

– The chief executive of Diabetes UK Barbara Young

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