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One person diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes

One person is diagnosed with diabetes in the UK every three minutes, according to ‘shocking' statistics published by Diabetes UK today.

The charity says the number of people newly diagnosed with the condition is growing at the fastest rate ever, with the most rapid rise seen in black and ethnic minority groups.

Close to 150,000 people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2008, up from 100,000 in the previous year. Other figures suggest that 20 per cent of the South Asian community and 17%o f the Black African and Caribbean communities have Type 2 diabetes – compared to 3% of the general population.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘Diabetes UK wants the Government to put diabetes at the top of the health agenda in 2009. People need to be supported to make changes to their lifestyle, such as eating healthily, losing weight if appropriate and being physically active, in order to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

‘We also need to make sure that anyone diagnosed with the condition has access to the best possible care, information and support in order to reduce their risk of developing the serious complications of the condition.'

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