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The number of cases of obesity and diabetes in the UK continues to grow at an alarming rate. Each year, nearly 150,000 more people are being diagnosed with diabetes.

According to recent studies, there are now more than 2.5 million people with diabetes in the UK. More than twice that number are registered as clinically obese.

What this means is that one in ten people are being treated for obesity, and one in twenty are receiving treatment for diabetes. It's easy to see why obesity and diabetes are putting an enormous strain on local doctors and NHS hospitals.

Although not all diabetics are obese, the link between the two conditions is undeniable. Almost 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, and 80 per cent of those were overweight or obese at the time of diagnosis.

Dietary and lifestyle choices can dramatically increase you chances of developing diabetes. A lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet lead can lead to obesity, diabetes, and a whole host of other serious health issues.

Medical experts believe that if they could address the obesity problem in the UK, the implications for conditions such as diabetes would be tremendous. However, trying to control the nation's ever expanding waistlines is a challenge that few believe to be winnable.

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