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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)