More than 300 diabetes patients are admitted to hospital with a heart attack every week in the UK, according to latest figures.
Data from the NHS Information Centre also reveals more than 300 strokes, 65 foot or toe amputations and 38 leg amputations in people with the condition each week.
According to the charity Diabetes UK, these figures may well be lower than the actual numbers as occurrences in the same person are only counted once.
Compared to those without the condition, people with diabetes are five times more likely to develop heart failure and cardiovascular disease, and two to three times more likely to have a stroke, the charity said.
Diabetes UK chief executive, Douglas Smallwood, said: ‘Diabetes is the biggest health challenge currently facing the UK. Cardiovascular disease is the most common diabetes complication, sadly accounting for at least half of the 70 diabetes-attributable deaths that occur every day.’
As part of Diabetes Week UK, Diabetes UK is bringing together 100 people tomorrow, including 20 amputees, for a photo call at London’s O2 Arena to highlight the fact that diabetes causes 100 amputations every week.