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)

More advice and information about diabetes services in Kingston upon Thames and other resources provided by Diabetes UK can be found here.

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