10th February press release from Diabetes UK highlights that 3.9 million individuals are officially diagnosed and another million are estimated to be undiagnosed. At the current rate, 100,000 new incidence per annum, it is estimated that by 2025, 5.3 million people will be living with diabetes.
90% of cases are type 2 diabetes with obesity identified as the single greatest risk factor. Additionally, type 2 diabetes doubles the risk of heart disease, carries a 50% increased risk of premature death and is a leading cause of blindness and amputations in the UK.
Diabetes UK is calling on the Government to honour their manifesto and place childhood obesity on top of their agenda.
Chris Askew, Chief Executive at Diabetes UK, said “More than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes − and the accompanying risk of developing devastating complications − could be prevented or delayed by supporting people to make healthier choices. This includes mandating industry to make food and drinks healthier and addressing the marketing and promotion of unhealthy foods.”