One in ten patients admitted to hospital are suffering from a form of diabetes linked to being overweight and inactive.
The scale of the growing crisis was laid bare last night as it was revealed hospitals are being deluged with 5,000 type 2 diabetes patients every day.
It is taking an unprecedented toll on the under-pressure NHS, with doctors now seeing children aged under nine who need help.
GP leaders also warned that some patients need up to 200 health appointments a year to deal with their condition.
More than 1.7million people with type 2 diabetes were admitted to hospitals last year, costing the NHS an estimated £22million a day.
The figure has doubled in a decade and last night the head of the NHS warned: ‘Our ever-expanding waistlines are taking a growing toll.’
Simon Stevens warned the ‘alarming rise’ in admissions across the board was putting ‘avoidable pressure’ on our hospitals.
The illness appears to be having a worrying impact on younger women, according to the latest data from NHS Digital.
Two thirds of the type 2 diabetes admissions for the under-40s last year involved female patients and there is evidence they are more susceptible to complications.
The data only covers those patients with type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to being overweight and inactive – and largely preventable.
The reason the illness is so burdensome for the NHS is its devastating complications, which include heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations.
The figures show there were 4,992 admissions for women aged 20 to 29 in 2018/19, compared with 1,755 for men.'