Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

Find out more: Diabetes - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The diabetic population of Kingston:

Incidence of Type 1 diabetes in Kingston is 800. Incidence of known Type 2 diabetes in Kingston is 8,500

Estimated number of people with undetected Type 2 diabetes in Kingston is 3,300.

(The total population of Kingston is 176,000)

 

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