This report looks at the general health of adults aged 16 and over, including trends in diabetes, raised cholesterol and hypertension, and compares the prevalence of these conditions by age, sex, region and income.
- The proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed diabetes increased between 1994 and 2019, with some year-on-year variation, from 3% to 9% among men and from 2% to 6% among women.
- The combined prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed (total) diabetes increased from 7% in the highest income quintile to 16% in the lowest income quintile. The prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes was 3% in all but the lowest income quintile, where it was 6%.
- From 1998 to 2019 there has been a decline in the proportion of adults with raised total cholesterol from 66% to 40% among men, and from 67% to 45% among women.
- 14% of men and 11% of women had untreated hypertension (high blood pressure). The proportion of those with untreated hypertension was highest at an earlier age among men than women. Among men this proportion was highest among those aged 55 to 64 (22%). Among women, this proportion increased with age, being highest among those aged 65 and over (19%).
- After age is taken into account, the proportion of adults with untreated hypertension was highest in the North West (17%), and North East (16%), and lowest in London, Yorkshire & the Humber and the South East (10%).
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