A surge in diabetes in Doncaster will lead to a sharp rise in heart attacks and strokes by 2035, the British Heart Foundation, (BHF), has warned.
Research from the charity shows that greater prevalence of the condition is expected to cause an increase in the heart problems.
Projections by Public Health England show that in 2015, 21,790 people in Doncaster were living with diabetes, 8.8 per cent of the population. By 2035, that figure is estimated to grow to 26,327, 10.2 per cent of the projected population.
As people with diabetes are between two and four times as likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke than those without, the BHF has warned that this will place an 'unprecedented burden' on NHS Services.
The BHF added that lifestyle factors, such as obesity and poor diet, are leading to increasing rates of type two diabetes, the most common form of the condition which account for round 90 per cent of diagnoses.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the BHF, said: “People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases and the expected surge in type two diabetes cases by 2035 could put thousands more people at risk of a deadly heart attack or stroke.
“We can only reverse this trend by taking bold action to tackle obesity and inactivity, especially amongst young people. This must include consideration of further regulatory action to reduce sugar and fat content in food, and to curb junk food advertising directed at young children.
“The food industry is not acting quickly enough to re-formulate its products, despite mounting evidence of their impact on the nation’s health.”
The most recent figures, for 2016 to 2017, show that 71 percent of adults in Doncaster were overweight , significantly higher than the average for England. It is a similar situation among children - more than a third of year six pupils were overweight, and 21 percent were obese, during the same time period.
Nearly four million people across England are currently living with diabetes, but the number is expected to exceed five million by 2035.
Dr Jenny Harries, deputy medical director at Public Health England, said: "Everyone can make important lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes. These include losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and cutting back on alcohol.
"I encourage having a free NHS Health Check, offered to 40 to 74 year olds, to help spot early warning signs of these preventable conditions and gives help and advice on lowering the risks."