City of London has one of the lowest diabetes rates in capital but the problem is growing

The number of people with diabetes in City of London will rise by 234 in the next 20 years. The area has a small resident population and will continue to have one of the lowest rates in London, but the extra numbers will place pressure on local health services, according to Public Health England.

There are currently 590 people with diabetes in the borough, up by 13 on last year. Some 7.7% of all the people living in City of London have the condition, which is below the national rate of 8.6%. But forecasts by PHE, a government agency, show that by 2020 the rate will have gone up to 7.7% and in 2035 will hit 8.8%.

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The agency based its predictions on health surveys carried out over three years and focused on people over the age of 16. PHE says that around 90% of the new cases will be Type 2 diabetes, which is caused by lifestyle factors and linked to obesity. It says these cases are preventable and tackling the problem is fundamental to the future of the health service.

The increased prevalence of the condition coincides with a rise in the population of the capital in the coming decades. There will be 895,489 diabetes sufferers across London’s 33 boroughs by 2035.

Diabetes is caused by the inability of the body to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. It is associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Sufferers may also develop kidney disease and foot ulcers, which can lead to amputation.

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