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‘Bold action is needed to tackle diabetes epidemic’

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Professor Sir Nilesh Samani by Professor Sir Nilesh Samani (Medical director at the British Heart Foundation) SINCE the 1970s, the UK has achieved tremendous success in halving the number of deaths from heart and circulatory diseases. This has been brought about by better treatments, more effective medicines reaching people at risk and a huge drop in the number of smokers. Nevertheless, according to recent statistics, heart and circulatory diseases still contribute to more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, killing on average one person every three minutes. Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart and circulatory diseases in the UK. In England today, approximately four…

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