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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, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025.

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 4.8 million people in the UK have diabetes. This is equal to one in 14 people.
  • Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes.
  • Every week diabetes leads to 185 amputations, while more than 700 people with diabetes die prematurely every week.
  • However, it's important to remember that diabetes is not a death sentence, and more than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed.

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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