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Diabetes and wales in the news


If you're a journalist or researcher - get in touch with our Wales office

If you’re a journalist or a researcher with an enquiry please contact our Communications Manager Catarina Walsh, by emailing or calling 02920 668276.

We can also provide you with a spokesperson from the organisation or case studies who can talk confidently to the media about a range of diabetes related subjects in both Welsh and English.

Diabetes in Wales - key facts

How many people in Wales have diabetes or are at risk of developing it?

  • There are 173,000 people in Wales living with diabetes and a further 60,000 have diabetes but are either unaware or have no confirmed diagnosis.
  • Another 350,000 are estimated to be at high risk of developing diabetes.
  • We estimate that by 2025 there will be 288,000 people with diabetes in Wales.
  • Around 10% of people have type 1 diabetes and around 90% have type 2 diabetes.

Why is diabetes such a serious issue?

  • Diabetes is a main contributor to blindness in working age people, kidney failure, stroke, amputations, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • We estimate that in Wales each year there are 3,750 diabetes related deaths, that’s 1,200 more deaths than would be expected.
  • One in five children who have type 1 diabetes will be at increased risk of developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.

What is the impact of diabetes on the NHS in Wales?

  • NHS Wales' spending on diabetes is estimated to be £500 million a year. This is 10% of its annual budget.
  • People with diabetes account for 15 to 20% of all hospital inpatients.
  • They are likely to stay in hospital three days longer on average than people without diabetes.

Reporting on Diabetes: A guide for Journalists

We have produced the following guidelines to assist journalists in the responsible reporting of diabetes and issues related to the condition.

Download Diabetes in the News: A Guide for Journalists on Reporting on Diabetes (PDF, 549KB)


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