Background of Diabetes

  • Diabetes affects about 5% of the UK population (about 2 million people)
  • Prevalence increases with age
    • 5% over 65 years old
    • 20% over 85 years old
  • Current incidence of around 2/1000 per year
  • Diabetes is more common in certain ethnic groups – South-Asian, Black, and Middle-Eastern populations

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