Five million people 'at risk of type 2 diabetes'

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Type-2 diabetes is closely linked to diet and obesity and affects about 3.2 million people across the UK.

Diabetes arises when the body loses the ability to use or make insulin, a hormone that helps regulate the amount of sugar in blood.

But the NHS is preparing to roll out a diet, weight loss and exercise programme that has been shown to reduce the diabetes risk for a quarter of those who take it up.

"The NHS spends 10% of its entire budget managing diabetes And unless we get better at preventing type-2 diabetes, this figure will rise to unsustainable levels."

Barbara Young, chief executive of the charity Diabetes UK, said: "Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition which affects 2.9 million people in England, and can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke, and ultimately early death.

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