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Our response to British Heart Foundation forecast showing possible 'sharp rise’ in heart attacks and strokes by 2035


The British Heart Foundation has published a forecast showing that the number of people suffering heart attacks and strokes as a result of their diabetes is likely to rise by 29% by 2035.

The charity has warned that the growing number of people with diabetes could result in nearly 39,000 people with diabetes suffering a heart attack in 2035 – a rise of 9,000 compared to 2015. And over 50,000 people suffering a stroke – a rise of 11,000.

Our Chief Executive Chris Askew said: 

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are serious conditions which can lead to devastating complications. For decades, our scientists across the UK have been working to improve the lives of people with all types of diabetes, including ways to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease. 

“Cases of Type 2 diabetes continue to rise, and its causes are complex; age, ethnicity and genetics can all contribute to an individual’s risk of the condition. But we also know that – unlike Type 1 diabetes, which cannot be prevented – with the right lifestyle interventions, as many as three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented altogether. 

“The complications of diabetes can be harrowing, but people can greatly reduce their risk of developing them, and should be supported to achieve good management of their blood glucose, blood pressure and blood fats, and to seek help to stop smoking. 

“In the future, we want to stop Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in their tracks long before cardiovascular disease becomes an issue. That’s why we’re funding millions of pounds of diabetes research across the UK to find ways to prevent diabetes and ultimately find a cure.”

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