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Diabetes in Wales

Wales has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the UK.

There are more than 191,000 people in Wales living with diabetes. This is 7.3% of the population aged 17 and over - the highest prevalence in the UK. We are all likely to know someone affected.

Around 90% of this number have Type 2 diabetes, and 10% have Type 1. 

Estimates suggest a further 59,000 people in Wales have Type 2 diabetes, but are either unaware or have no confirmed diagnosis.

Another 540,000 people could be at high risk of developing diabetes, and the numbers are rising every year.

This is the most devastating and fastest-growing health crisis Wales is facing.

If current trends continue, by 2025, it is estimated that 300,000 people in Wales will have diabetes. 

Diabetes costs the NHS in Wales approximately £500m a year, 10% of its annual budget. 80% of this is spent on managing complications, most of which could be prevented.

Diabetes stats and figures in the UK



Read about some of our key successes, meet theDiabetes UK Cymru teamand find out about some of the most important healthcare policiesthat affect people living with diabetes in Wales.

The Future of Diabetes report

In 2017 we spoke to thousands of people across the UK, including hundreds here in Wales, about their experiences of living with diabetes today, and their hopes and fears for the future.

We published the results in our Future of Diabetes report. Read and download the Wales report here.


State of the Nation - Wales

Our State of the Nation report gives an important overview of diabetes care and service delivery in Wales and demonstrates the standards of care being received.


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