Rapid Increase in pre-diabetes!

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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.

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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.

Complications

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Foot being tested for nerve damage
  • Blood vessel damage increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke
  • Nerve damage
  • Foot ulcers, potentially leading to amputation
  • Blindness
  • Kidney damage
  • Impaired sexual performance
  • Increased risk of miscarriage

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Useful information

NHS: Type-2 diabetes

BBC Science: Diabetes

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