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Diabetes Cases Expected to Rise 700,000 by End of the Decade

October 8, 2012

EDINBURGH, Scotland, October 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

New analysis by the charity Diabetes UK expects the number of people in Britain with
diabetes to rise by 700,000 by the end of the decade. This indicates 4.4 million people in
the UK alone by 2020.

The majority of new cases are predominantly expected to be Type 2 diabetes. People who
develop Type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of amputation, blindness, kidney failure,
stroke and ultimately early death. However, the condition can often be prevented by
adopting healthier lifestyle choices such as losing weight.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said, “The healthcare system is already
at breaking point in terms of its ability to provide care for people with diabetes. The
result is that many people are developing health complications that could have been
avoided, and are dying early as a result.

“Because of this, I have grave fears about the potential impact of an extra 700,000
people with diabetes, which is almost the combined population of Liverpool and Newcastle.
We face the very real prospect of the rise in the number of people with the condition
combining with NHS budget pressures to create a perfect storm that threatens to bankrupt
the NHS.

“If this projected increase becomes reality, it would be a calamity for the healthcare
system and a disaster for public health. But the Government and the NHS do not seem to
have grasped the scale of the impending crisis and at the moment we seem to be
sleepwalking towards it.”

The charity wants funding for a public health campaign to raise awareness of risk
factors and the seriousness of diabetes and also for there to be more support to people
classified as high risk to help them lose weight.

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