One in 10 of the 120,000 people over 50 in Ireland who have diabetes is unaware they have the diseas

"Prevalence of the disease - which is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, vision loss and blindness, heart failure, kidney disease and falls - is even higher among those aged 80 and over.

The problem of undiagnosed diabetes emerged from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, led by Trinity College, which tracks health trends among older age groups. It also discovered that another 5.5pc of the older population have "pre-diabetes" which leaves them at risk of developing the full-blown disease in the future."

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