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Big increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes

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THE number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Warrington has increased from 11,839 to 12,115 since last year, it has been revealed by Diabetes UK.
It’s the third highest prevalence of the condition in Cheshire, with 6.74 per cent of people diagnosed. The national average is 6.9 per cent
In the UK 3.9 million people are currently living with a diagnosis of diabetes, and 90 per cent of those with type 2.
In addition, there are almost a million more people living with type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed yet, bringing the total number up to more than 4.8 million.
People with type 2 diabetes are 50 per cent more likely to die prematurely than those without diabetes.
A common complication of diabetes that can lead to early death is heart disease. People with type 2 diabetes are two to two-and-a-half times more likely to experience heart failure and twice more likely to have a heart attack compared to people without diabetes.
The data shows a stark increase in the number of people living with a diabetes diagnosis in the UK of more than 100,000 from last year. At this rate the number of people with diabetes, including the undiagnosed population, is expected to rise to 5.3 million by 2025.
While not every case of type 2 diabetes is associated with excessive weight, it is the single greatest risk factor, responsible for 80 to 85 per cent of someone’s risk of developing the condition. Age, family history, and ethnicity can also contribute to someone’s risk, with people of African-Caribbean, Black African or South Asian descent two to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than white people.
Diabetes UK is calling on the Government to honour their manifesto commitment to tackle childhood obesity and make it a top priority to take decisive action in order to stem the tide of obesity.
Clare Howarth, head of the North of England at Diabetes UK, said:
“Type 2 diabetes is an urgent public health crisis, and solving it depends on decisive action that’s led by government, supported by industry and delivered across our society.
“More than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes ? and the accompanying risk of developing devastating complications ? could be prevented or delayed by supporting people to make healthier choices. This includes mandating industry to make food and drinks healthier and addressing the marketing and promotion of unhealthy foods.
“At the same time, we need to help people understand their personal risk of type 2 diabetes and find tailored clinical support to reduce it. The Government promised to tackle obesity, and it’s time for them deliver on this promise, and lead the way in affecting real change. Preventing type 2 diabetes, and the development of devastating complications for those living with the condition has to be a public health priority.”
Find out more about the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and what you can do to reduce your risk here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-factors

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