Some 11.6% of deaths among 20- to 79-year-olds in England
can be attributed to diabetes, the charity said. The data also says that
diabetes causes strokes, heart attack and kidney failure, which are reported as
primary causes of death.
"There are 2.3
million people diagnosed with diabetes and over half a million don't know they
have it," said Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK. If
recent trends hold out then one in eight deaths will be because of diabetes by
2010, the charity said.