Rapid Increase in pre-diabetes!
People with pre-diabetes have no symptoms of ill-health, but their blood sugar levels are at the very high-end of the normal range – on the cusp of diabetes.
A report, in the British Medical Journal, highlights an “extremely rapid” rise in pre-diabetes since 2003. The authors predict a surge in type-2 diabetes in the coming years, with consequences for life expectancy and disability. The charity Diabetes UK said the NHS was already spending one-tenth of its budget on the condition.
Between 5% and 10% of people with pre-diabetes go on to develop type-2 diabetes each year, the researchers said.
Their study looked at Health Survey for England data between 2003 and 2011.
In 2003, 11.6% of adults surveyed had pre-diabetes, but the figures trebled to 35.3% by 2011.
- Blood vessel damage increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke
- Nerve damage
- Foot ulcers, potentially leading to amputation
- Kidney damage
- Impaired sexual performance
- Increased risk of miscarriage
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