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Millions unaware of diabetes risk

Thursday May 9th 2013

Two thirds of people do not know that a large waistline can increase their chances of developing diabetes, according to new figures.

Diabetes UK says that people who have a large waist - 35 inches or more for men and 31.5 inches or more for women - are putting themselves at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

However, while many are aware of the link between being overweight or inactive lifestyles and diabetes, some 63% of people do not know about the effect a large waistline, even with a normal body mass index, can have.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "The fact that awareness of some risk factors for type 2 diabetes is so low is worrying; it is only if people know they are at high risk that they are likely to be motivated to make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it."

The poll, which was conducted by Bupa, discovered that only 10% of people are aware that those from black or south Asian backgrounds are at increased risk of developing the condition.

Of the 3.8 million people in the UK who suffer from diabetes, it is thought there are about 850,000 who have type 2 diabetes but are not aware.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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