One in three adult Brits are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but two-thirds of those are not worried about their health.
That’s according to new analysis by the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel, who claim that millions of people across the country are playing a dangerous game of diabetes denial.
A third of those polled by the Panel were either heavily overweight or obese and therefore deemed to be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, backing data published last month in the British Medical Journal, which revealed that 30% of British adults now have prediabetes – often the precursor to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
However, most of the ‘at risk’ respondents claimed not to be concerned about the possibility of becoming diabetic, with 60% saying they don’t believe their higher risk is something to worry about it.
Commenting on the figures, Dr Ralph Abraham, one of the UK’s leading diabetes experts warned: “Britons really are taking a high-risk gamble.
“If you have prediabetes, there are no symptoms, and a shocking number of people are sleep-walking towards developing full diabetes and serious health problems.”
Another diabetes specialist, Dr Gill Jenkins, said: “This level of denial can be deadly. Diabetes damages blood vessels, destroys sight …read more
Source: News from Diabetes.co.uk