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Diabetes is an increasingly common, life-long, progressive but largely preventable health condition affecting children and adults, causing a heavy burden on health and social services. When diabetes is not well-managed, complications can develop which threaten health and can endanger life.

There are around 34,000 people aged 17+ diagnosed with diabetes in County Durham. However, the real figure will be higher as there will be people in the population with the condition undiagnosed.

Levels of excess weight in adults, one of the biggest risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, is also greater locally than nationally.

Factsheet: Diabetes (PDF, 1Mb)

Key messages

  • Diagnosed diabetes prevalence in County Durham has been increasing over time. Between 2012/13 and 2016/17, prevalence in:
    • North Durham CCG area rose from 6.2% (13,259) to 7.1% (15,192)
    • Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG area from 7% (16,421) to 7.9% (18,824)
  • Obesity is the most potent risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. It accounts for 80-85 of the overall risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Almost two in every three people in the UK are overweight or obese.

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