More than 160,000 people in Wales have been diagnosed with diabetes. That's nearly five percent of the population. It's estimated that 66,000 more people have the condition but have not yet been diagnosed.
Diabetes is on the increase in Wales and worldwide, largely as a result of lifestyle factors. In Western Europe, around 80 percent of cases of diabetes are now attributable to weight gain. As part of this, we are now seeing cases of Type 2 diabetes in overweight children in Wales.
If not properly managed and treated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and foot ulcers leading to amputation. It's not surprising, then, that it accounts for around ten percent of NHS costs in Wales.
However, when diabetes is well managed, and people with diabetes are supported to manage it, it is possible to live a live a long and healthy life with the condition. Diabetes UK aims to provide the support to help that happen. On the left of this page, you'll find links to information about some of the work in Wales to improve diabetes services.