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Wales: diabetes prevalence reaches 7.4%

11 April 2019

The prevalence of diabetes is higher in Wales than any other UK country, new analysis by Diabetes UK Cymru shows.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Wales has increased from 191,590 to 194,693 since last year. This is a prevalence of 7.4%, the highest in the UK. The UK average is 6.8%.

The charity estimates a further 61,000 people in Wales are living with type 2 diabetes but haven’t yet been diagnosed.

Dai Williams, national director of Diabetes UK Cymru, said: ‘Diabetes costs the NHS in Wales over £1bn a year. This doesn’t have to happen.

‘We urge everyone to find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes with the Know Your Risk tool.’

The Know Your Risk tool can be found here.

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