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Poorer families twice as likely to develop diabetes

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Diabetes is much more likely to affect the poorest people in Britain, according to a report.

Research by Diabetes UK found people from lower-income families were twice as likely to develop the disease, while those with the condition from the most deprived homes also had twice as much chance of developing complications.

The study puts the difference down to factors associated with lower income - obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking.

For women the difference is even more pronounced, with women in England from the lowest income homes more than four times as likely to get diabetes than those who live in more affluent families.

Diabetes UK’s study found those from a poorer background in Wales were nearly twice as likely to have diabetes than the less deprived.

The charity’s chief executive, Douglas Smallwood, said deprived communities should be targeted for disease awareness, including clearer food labelling.

‘Information must be tailored and made available in formats that meet the diversity of needs within the local population,’ Mr Smallwood added.

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