Screening finds twice as many diabetics

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in a year, Diabetes UK has warned.

Figures obtained from GP practices reveals that the number of diabetics in the UK has risen by more than 167,000 since last year, bringing the total diabetes population to almost 2.5 million.

This rise is more then double the 2006 to 2007 increase of 83,000.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘These are truly alarming figures. Part of why we have seen such a huge increase can be attributed to improved screening from healthcare services and greater awareness amongst those at high-risk of type-2 diabetes.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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