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The British Heart Foundation has warned that there is likely to be a surge in heart attacks and strokes in England over the next 20 years as diabetes cases linked to lifestyle rise.
Figures predict that the number of diabetics is projected to rise by one million by 2035, largely driven by more cases of type 2 diabetes and increasing rates of obesity. The health charity claims that this could lead to a 29 per cent rise in heart attacks and strokes linked to diabetes.
With diabetes affecting about one in 11 adults worldwide, the charity says that the large majority of cases, roughly 90 per cent, are caused by type 2 diabetes, leaving the charity to stress that ‘bold action’ is needed to tackle the obesity epidemic.
Public Health England predicts that if current trends continue there will be five million diabetics by 2035. Therefore, the British Heart Foundation estimates this will lead to: 39,000 people living with diabetes suffering a heart attack - a rise of 9,000 compared with 2015, more than 50,000 people with the illness will have a stroke - an increase of 11,000 and more cases of other health conditions, including angina and heart failure
Simon Gillespie, the charity's chief executive, said: "Thanks to research, we've made excellent progress in improving survival rates for heart attacks and strokes. However, today's figures point to an extremely worrying trend.
"People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases, and the expected surge in type 2 diabetes cases by 2035 could put thousands more people at risk of a deadly heart attack or stroke."
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