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New research shows that 35.3% of people aged over 16 in England now have prediabetes. As reported in the British Medical Journal, this rate has climbed from 11.6% in 2003. Prediabetes is a condition that is reversible through lifestyle and diet change, but precedes the onset of incurable Type 2 Diabetes.

The impact on employers could be huge, not least as those employees overweight and over 40 have a higher than 1 in 2 chance of being prediabetic. The research, based on data collected from the Health Survey for England, indicates that the cost of absence through both prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes is set to sharply rise unless stringent action is taken.

Professor Stephen Nussey, an endocrinologist and diabetologist at St George’s University of London commented “Prediabetes is a ticking time-bomb for businesses in the...

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