Instances of diabetes are increasing at a "worrying rate", it has been claimed by one health professional.
Dr Dawn Harper, a GP and health figure in the media, said that in addition to the 2.6 million recognised diabetics in the UK, there are "at least another half a million" who are yet to be diagnosed.
Her comments come after a survey from MSD revealed that 46 per cent of British people believe that injections are the main course of treatment for the disease if a healthy diet and lifestyle does not work.
However, Dr Harper claimed that "many Type 2 diabetics never need to inject themselves at all" because weight loss and an improved diet will work in a lot of cases.
But she warned: "What we're finding now is that Type 2 Diabetes is being diagnosed in younger and younger people and it is simply because as a nation we are getting fatter and fatter."