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Diabetes in Wales

Wales has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the UK. We are all likely to know someone affected.

In 2020, an additional 10,695 people were diagnosed with diabetes. More than 209,015 people in Wales are now living with diabetes. This is 8% of the population aged 17 and over - the highest prevalence in the UK - and the numbers are rising every year. This is the first time over 200,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Wales.

Around 90% of these people have type 2 diabetes.

Estimates suggest a further 65,501 people in Wales have type 2, but have not yet been diagnosed. This means almost 275,000 are living with diabetes in Wales.

A further 580,000 people in Wales could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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

If current trends continue, 311,000 people in Wales could have diabetes by 2030.

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

Find out more by reading the Diabetes stats and figures in the UK report.


State of the Nation 2019 - Wales

Our State of the Nation report (PDF, 514 KB) gives an important overview of diabetes care and service delivery in Wales and demonstrates the standards of care being received.

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.

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