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Swansea Leads All-Wales Team Into Diabetes Research


Diabetes research – Swansea leads new all-Wales team.

Researchers from across Wales are joining forces in a new research network to tackle diabetes, which already affects 7% of the country’s population. The Diabetes Research Unit Cymru, based at Swansea University’s Medical School, brings together researchers, clinicians and patients across Wales to improve the quality of diabetes research and care. Diabetes and related metabolic conditions are a leading cause of ill-health and premature death across the UK.  The cost to the NHS of treating diabetes is enormous.

•    Diabetes affects around 7% of the Welsh population, and the rate is rising
•    Over 20% of hospital in-patients in Wales have diabetes
•    Diabetes accounts for more than 10% of NHS spending
•    Over half of all adults in Wales are overweight or obese, a major cause of diabetes
•    A quarter of children in Wales are obese – a higher rate than both England and Scotland