Around one in 2,500 patients’ GP records indicated their gender identity was different to their sex at birth in 2018.
This was up from one in 15,000 in 2000, according to research led by University College London using anonymised data from seven million.
Rates were highest among people aged 16 to 29, and those living in areas of higher social and economic deprivation. It said wealthier people could be seeking specialist care privately.
The researchers said the rise, reported in the journal BMJ Medicine, may be due to an increase in support and awareness.
In 2018, one in 600 of 16 and 17 year olds were indicated as transgender with one in 800 among those aged 18 to 29.
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