Around 27,500 Staffordshire patients who are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes are being urged to make changes to their lifestyle to reverse that risk during Diabetes Prevention Week.
Around six per cent of Staffordshire’s population already has a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes with the number growing year-on-year.
But many of those identified at being at risk of diabetes can take action that could mean they never become diabetic.
The estimated cost to the local NHS of treating diabetes in 2015 was £222 million. This is estimated to rise to £273 million by 2020 if trends go unaddressed, meaning that costs of treating a largely preventable condition are rising by roughly £10 million per year.