Medical experts in Britain have warned over the rising rates of diabetes cases in the country after new figures reveal that diabetes and obesity cases have shot up by 6 percent since last year alone.
The figures, released by Diabetes UK, reveal that more than 5 percent of the total population in the country is being treated for diabetes while nearly 10 percent of the country is obese.
More than 2.8 million people over the age of 17 years are being treated for Type 2 diabetes, an increase of more than 150,000 while the obesity cases have risen by 265,000 to 5.5 million.
Simon O'Neill from Diabetes UK warned that the number of diabetes cases will increase further because of the high prevalence of obesity in the country. "Many, but not all, people develop Type 2 diabetes because they are overweight or obese. The obesity-fuelled Type 2 diabetes epidemic is a clear example of where the new coalition Government's rhetoric of tackling health problems through prevention must be turned into action", he said.