Dai Williams, the national director of Diabetes UK Cymru, has explained why addressing the diabetes epidemic is more important than ever. The call was made at the Cross-Party Group on Diabetes at the National Assembly.
Diabetes in Wales, and indeed throughout the British isles, now affects a huge and growing number of people. Most of us know someone that is living with either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes . In Wales, diabetes affects one in 20 people. Over 146,000 people in Wales have diabetes, with a further 50,000 people so far undiagnosed.
The cross-party group also address pre-diabetes, which occurs when people have elevated blood sugar levels but are not yet type 2 diabetic . Pre-diabetes affects 351,000 people in Wales, leading to a 15 times greater likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes . The need to address the diabetes epidemic is apparent, but there is no overnight solution.

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