Information on the number of people with diabetes is available from the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).
Figures for the last 10 years are not available. However, the following table shows the number of people recorded on diabetes registers (including both type one and type two diabetes) from 2004-05 to 2007-08, from the QOF. It should be noted that patients will contribute to the figures in QOF only if they are registered with a general practice participating in the QOF. QOF data are collected annually and only include people with diabetes aged 17 or over. Figures are not available broken down into type one and type two diabetes. The latest prevalence data are from June 2008.
Number 2004-05 1,766,391 2005-06 1,890,663 2006-07 1,961,976 2007-08 2,088,335
In 2007-08, there were 2,088,335 people recorded as having diabetes on general practitioner practice registers. This is an increase of 126,359 on the previous year. It is not possible to identify how much of this increase is through improved diagnosis of the condition, and how much is through an increase in the number of people developing diabetes.