– Barbara Young, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
Given that diabetes is serious and can lead to early death if not supported to manage their condition, it is extremely worrying that so few people have it under control.
When you consider that there are now three million people [around the UK] diagnosed with diabetes and this number is rising quickly, the fact that so many of them do not have good control over their diabetes means that unless something changes we face a public health disaster.
Only 18.5 percent of people in Wales with diabetes have the condition under control, a charity has warned.
Fewer people here are managing their diabetes properly than across the border in England, where the rate is 19.9%, according to Diabetes UK.