Thousands more could have diabetes in a decade

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As many as 15 per cent more people in Sheffield could have diabetes within 10 years, putting them at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to city experts.

A ‘startling’ rise in cases nationally underlines the need for changes in lifestyle, including a healthier diet and more exercise, said Prof Simon Heller, director of research at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

New figures in the British Medical Journal indicate more than a third of adults are on the verge of developing diabetes. Sheffield is predicted to see a 10 to 15 per cent rise.

Prof Heller said: “Rates of pre-diabetes were expected to rise, but we never expected to see such a huge surge. The number of people potentially affected by the disease is going up much faster than thought, so it’s a real wake-up call.”