A leading diabetes consultant, Dr Patrick English, has said if nothing is done to tackle the rising diabetes problem in Plymouth, the city is looking at a time bomb.
The latest figures have revealed that there are more than 12,000 people in the city diagnosed with it and the figure is increasing by an average of 1,000 people a year. Around 90% of those diagnosed have Type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by being overweight.
Around 10% of people diagnosed have Type 1 diabetes, an auto-immune condition which cannot be prevented.
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are one of worst areas in England for NHS checks for diabetes. That's according to a new report by Diabetes UK out today.
Only 25 people were offered a check last year during a period in 2011/2012. They're supposed to be offered to everyone aged 40 to 74 to check for risks of diabetes, heart disease and stroke and kidney failure. Not a single person was checked between April and June 2012.
Diabetes UK has warned that the poor local implementation of the check means people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes are missing the chance to get the information and support they need to help prevent the condition.
The Health Secretary will be in Torquay today to visit a specialist diabetes centre. Andrew Lansley will find out about its innovative services for diabetes patients at The Chilcote Practice in helping them manage their condition.