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Rise in type 2 diabetes to lead to surge in heart attacks

Friday 24th August 2018
The rate at which cases of type 2 diabetes are increasing in the UK means that a dramatic rise in heart attacks is expected by 2035. Image credit: Dr_Microbe via iStock
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Heart attacks and strokes are expected to surge in the UK due to a significant increase in cases of type 2 diabetes.

This is according to new research carried out by the British Heart Foundation, which found that, if type 2 diabetes diagnoses continue rising at their current rate, 39,000 type 2 diabetics are likely to suffer a heart attack in 2035 alone.

This would mark a dramatic increase compared to 2015, when around 9,000 individuals with type 2 diabetes suffered a heart attack.

Meanwhile, 11,000 people with the condition had a stroke in 2015, but this is expected to rise to more than 50,000 by 2035 unless patients take action to change their lifestyles and reduce their diabetes risk.

What's more, type 2 diabetes-related angina cases are anticipated to increase by 32,736 between now and 2035, while cases of heart failure among these patients are predicted to rise by more than 33,000.

People's worsening lifestyles and growing obesity levels are not just putting their own health at serious risk, but are also having a huge impact on the NHS. In 2012, the NHS spent £9.8 billion on treating patients with diabetes, yet this is predicted to soar to £16.9 billion by 2035 unless more people begin to take responsibility for their own health.

Currently just ten per cent of the patients diagnosed with diabetes each year have type 1, meaning that the majority of cases of the illness are associated with lifestyle.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive officer of the British Heart Foundation, commented: "We can only reverse this trend by taking bold action to tackle obesity and inactivity, especially amongst young people.

"This must include consideration of further regulatory action to reduce sugar and fat content in food, and to curb junk food advertising directed at young children."

Written by Mathew Horton

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