Pre-diabetes: a hidden healthcare problem

Updated: Jun 9

DR Russell Muirhead, Clinical Director of Living Well, Taking Control

A third of adults in England have pre-diabetes, according to research published in The BMJ. The study also found that, over eight years, the number of people diagnosed with pre-diabetes tripled. By 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK – 90% of which is Type 2 diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is related to increasing rates of obesity and has grown to become one of the most prevalent health conditions in the UK. The use of the prefix ‘pre-’, which could be quite easily interpreted as ‘not quite’ a health condition, may make patients wonder if it is something they even need to worry about.


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