HEART attacks and strokes will rocket as the diabetes epidemic sweeping the nation takes its toll, a charity has warned.
The increase could be as high as 29 per cent by 2035, the British Heart Foundation has predicted.
It estimated that 39,000 people with diabetes will suffer a heart attack in 2035 — a rise of 9,000 on 2015.
Meanwhile, more than 50,000 people will have a stroke — a rise of 11,000.
Cases of angina and heart failure were also likely to soar, it warned.
The BHF said the number of people with diabetes in England was expected to increase from four million to five million in the next two decades.
This is partly due to obesity, which is leading to a sharp rise in cases of type 2 diabetes.
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The charity said patients with type 2 diabetes were two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
BHF chief executive Simon Gillespie said: “The figures point to an extremely worrying trend.
“We can only reverse this trend by taking bold action to tackle obesity and inactivity, especially among young people.”