A study has found that middle-aged men are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as women.
The report from charity Diabetes UK shows that 2.4% of men in England aged 35 to 44 have diabetes compared with 1.2% of women of the same age.
This is equivalent to 92,960 males having the disease, compared with around 47,000 women.
Of men aged 45 to 54, 6% (around 197,050) - have the disease compared with 3.6% (120,670) of women.
The findings also show that the number of men aged 35 to 44 with diabetes has increased four times faster over the past 12 years compared with women of the same age.
Of these, men have consistently been more overweight than women, which has led to a rise in the number of type 2 diabetes cases.
Simon O’Neill, director of care, information and advocacy at Diabetes UK, said: ‘It is very worrying that men of this age are developing diabetes at such an alarming rate compared to their female counterparts.
‘Most of them will have type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to lifestyle and can be prevented in many cases by eating a healthy, balanced diet and doing regular physical activity.’