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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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Diabetes statistics

More people than ever have diabetes. More people than ever are at risk of type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, we predicts that 5.5 million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2030. 

Around 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Around 8% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. About 2% of people with diabetes have rarer types of diabetes.

We’re fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

We do it by campaigning to make sure everyone with diabetes gets the care they need to live well with diabetes. We provide advice and support so people can get to grips with their condition. And our research increases what we know about diabetes, discovers new treatments and will, one day, find a cure.

Diabetes facts and figures

  • More than 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes
  • 13.6 million people are now at increased risk of type 2 diabetes in the UK
  • 850,000 people are currently living with type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed
  • However, it's important to remember that diabetes is not a death sentence. Research has consistently shown that for some people, combined lifestyle interventions - including diet, physical activity and sustained weight loss - can be effective in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 50%.

Annual diabetes prevalence figures

National Diabetes Audit

Tackling the crisis

Our Tackling the Crisis 2019 (England) (PDF, 13.681KB) document sets out the latest diabetes statistics and our recommendations for improvement in prioritised areas of diabetes care and type 2 prevention.

Diabetes workforce in figures

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