Warnings as diabetes hits 10,000 in district

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 June 2016

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The number of people with diabetes in North Somerset has hit five figures, a leading charity has revealed as part of Diabetes Week.

Diabetes UK has found there are now 10,143 people in the district who have contracted the life-changing condition, which can cause heart attacks and strokes among other health issues.

The number has risen by around five per cent in the last three years alone; although that figure is still below the national average.

As part of the awareness week surrounding the condition, Diabetes UK has warned people often do not realise how much it can inhibit someone’s life.

A recent survey revealed more than half of people questioned did not realise that poorly-managed diabetes can result in life-threatening consequences.

Phaedra Perry, the charity’s regional head for the South West region, said: “There are more than 10,000 people living with type two diabetes in North Somerset and we know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect on people, and their families.

“In this district alone the number of people diagnosed has risen by nearly five per cent over the past three years.

The fact that 4,500 nationwide people will discover they have diabetes over the next seven days is deeply concerning, and highlights the current scale of the diabetes crisis.

“Diabetes Week is a time to share our concerns about the scale and seriousness of diabetes, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to highlight that with the right healthcare, support and management, diabetes doesn’t have to hold anyone back.”

Last year, Public Health England (PHE) found more than 21,000 people were at risk of developing type-two diabetes, which involves the body not producing enough insulin to function properly.

It is by far the most prevalent form of diabetes, and makes up around 85 to 90 per cent of cases, but can be treated through a healthy diet and exercise – something the survey also found out people were not aware of.

If you have any concerns or need advice on topics concerning diabetes, an event is being held at Rookery Manor, in Edingworth Road, on July 6.

You can register by visiting ww.diabetes.org.uk/how_we_help/living-with-diabetes-days

The Weston diabetes support group, which is based at the Churchill unit of Weston General Hospital in Uphill, also meets at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month.

For more information, call 01934 628985.

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