Middle-aged men twice as likely to have diabetes than women

Middle-aged men are almost twice as likely to have diabetes compared with their female counterparts, according to a report by Diabetes UK.

Blood glucose test
Blood glucose test

The report found that 2.4% of men in England aged 35-54 have the condition compared with 1.2% of women of the same age.

Simon O'Neill, director of care, information and advocacy at Diabetes UK, said: ‘It's very worrying that men of this age are developing diabetes at such an alarming rate compared to their female counterparts.'

However, he warned that women should not rest on their laurels.

‘They tend on develop the condition later in life, but the risk of death from heart disease associated with type-2 diabetes is about 50% greater in women than it is in men.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

 


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