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Diabetes doubles in just 20 years - here are the top ten UK hotspots

Mirror logo Mirror 27/02/2018 Martin Bagot

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has doubled in 20 years.

Now nearly 3.7 million are known to have the condition, compared to 1.9 million in 1998.

One million more are thought to be unaware they have it, charity Diabetes UK also found.

Nearly nine in 10 sufferers have Type 2, linked to unhealthy lifestyles and obesity . Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition.

Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes is the fastest growing health crisis of our time.

“Diagnoses doubling in just 20 years should give all of us serious pause for thought.”

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The highest proportion of sufferers is in Bradford, where 10.4% of people are ­diagnosed diabetic.

Richmond in South West London is the lowest with 3.6%. The national average is 6.6%.

Untreated it can lead to amputations, blindness, kidney illness, stroke and heart disease.

The NHS spends £14billion a year, 10% of its budget, treating diabetes and its complications.

Obesity is the leading cause of Type 2 and an estimated 12.3 million people in the UK are at increased risk of developing it.

Mr Askew said: “We want the Government to recognise the seriousness of the growing diabetes crisis and take action.”

Top ten highest

  1. BRADFORD CITY
  2. HARROW
  3. SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM
  4. LEICESTER
  5. SLOUGH
  6. WALSALL
  7. BRENT
  8. LINCOLNSHIRE EAST
  9. BIRMINGHAM SOUTH AND CENTRAL
  10. HARDWICK

Top ten lowest

  1. RICHMOND
  2. CAMDEN
  3. CENTRAL LONDON (WESTMINSTER)
  4. BRIGHTON AND HOVE
  5. WANDSWORTH
  6. HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM
  7. GUILDFORD AND WAVERLEY
  8. WEST LONDON
  9. WOKINGHAM
  10. SOUTH READING

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