What does a person with Type 2 Diabetes look like?
A person with diabetes looks no different to anyone else. At least 1 in 11 people in western society have type 2 diabetes and at least 1 in 5 are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
When we look at people with type 2 diabetes, we see that:
53% will be over the age of 65. Unfortunately the age of diagnosis is getting younger and we are now seeing teenagers with type 2 diabetes
52% will be male
50% will have had their diabetes for more than 6 years by the time they are diagnosed
76% will be obese. They will usually have a waist measurement over 98cm for males, and 88cm for females
51% will also have high blood pressure
55% will already have eye damage (retinopathy)
22% will already have kidney damage (nephropathy)
13% will already have nerve damage in their legs (neuropathy)
8% will have already had a heart attack or stroke