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Middle-aged men ‘twice as likely to have diabetes’

13th July 2009

Middle-aged men are almost twice as likely to have diabetes compared to their female counterparts, new research shows.

A report from the health charity Diabetes UK found 2.4 per cent of men in England aged between 35 and 54 have the condition, compared to 1.2 per cent of women of the same age.

The statistics also show six per cent of men aged between 45 and 54 have diabetes, compared to 3.6 per cent of women.

Figures indicate that the number of diabetes cases has risen four times faster in men aged 35 and 44 over the last 12 years, compared to women of the same age.

Simon O’Neill, director of care, information and advocacy at Diabetes UK, said: “It’s very worrying that men of this age are developing diabetes at such an alarming rate compared to their female counterparts.”

Diabetes UK has called on people to live healthier lifestyles and watch their weight in a way of reducing the number of cases.

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