Prevalence of diabetes in England 2008-2018

In 2017/18, there were almost 3.2 million people in England who were diagnosed with diabetes. The number of individuals registered with diabetes in England has increased year-on-year since 2008. Overall, the number of people with diabetes has increased by 44 percent in the ten-year interval shown.

Breakdown of diabetes types

The vast majority of those registered with diabetes in England are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, with over 2.9 million registered with type 2. There were approximately 243 thousand living with type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes medication

By far the most commonly used drug in England for the treatment of diabetes was metformin hydrochloride with over 21.8 million items used in 2018 alone. Additionally, in 2018 approximately five percent of all prescribed drugs in primary care in England were for the treatment of diabetes. The share of prescribed diabetes drugs has steadily increased since 2005.

Number of patients on diabetes register in England from 2008/09 to 2017/18

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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Age group

17 years and over

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