Just read this recent article online from the Times October 21st 2008
Diabetes soars in Britain as obesity continues to rise
The number of people who will die as a result of diabetes is forecast to rise from one in ten to one in seven in less than 20 years unless obesity rates can be reduced significantly.
Costs to the National Health Service of treating the disease are expected to rise by a third by 2025 as the number of people suffering from diabetes reaches a record level.
Patients needing treatment for conditions linked to diabetes already cost the NHS £9 billion annually, and the figure is forecast to rise to £12 billion, before inflation, by 2025.
Figures released by Diabetes UK, which represents patients, suggest that life expectancy in Britain will start falling for the first time in two centuries because of the rise in the disease.