SANTA’S age, weight and lifestyle make him a prime example of someone who could develop diabetes, a charity has warned.

Diabetes UK made the claim while urging people to dress up for Greenwich Park’s Santa Run on December 5 to raise cash for the charity.

Clinical advisor Cathy Moulton said: “Santa needs to watch out for some of the risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, such as having a large waist, being older than 40, a white man, and having a diet largely made up of mince pies and sherry.”

The 5km run’s entry fee is £20 per place and this includes your Santa suit.

To register as a runner with the charity call Elizabeth Roe on 020 7424 1122 or email