Obesity blamed for rise in people with diabetes in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 March 2018

An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with diabetes in North Somerset.

An increasing number of people are being diagnosed with diabetes in North Somerset.

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The number of people suffering from diabetes in North Somerset is on the rise, with more than 11,000 living with the condition.

The number of people diagnosed with type one and type two diabetes has increased by 899 since 2017, when 10,281 were recorded as living with the condition.

The worrying figures have been released by Diabetes UK, which shows 6.39 per cent of the population of North Somerset now have diabetes. This is just short of the national average, which is currently 6.6 per cent.

Annika Palmer, head of Diabetes UK south west, said: “Unless we act, and urgently, diabetes prevalence will continue to rise.

“Both type one and type two diabetes are serious conditions that can lead to devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney disease, stroke and heart disease if people don’t receive the right care.

“Type one diabetes isn’t currently preventable, but three in five cases of type two diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle and better understanding of the condition.

“We need to end the marketing of unhealthy food to children and make sure the food all of us eat is healthier.

“More people who are at high risk of type two diabetes must be identified so that they can get the education, care and support they need to reduce it. “We have to take action now so that we can live in a world where fewer people have diabetes in the future.”

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the past 20 years.

The figures show there are now almost 3.7 million people with type one and type two diabetes in the UK – an increase of 1.9 million since 1998.

Almost nine in 10 people diagnosed have type two diabetes and it is estimated nearly one million people are currently living with the condition who do not know they have it – bringing the total number up to 4.6 million.

A further 12.3 million people are estimated to be at increased risk of type two diabetes and obesity is the leading cause in the majority of preventable cases.

Diabetes UK is calling on the government to take further action to tackle obesity, by introducing stricter restrictions on junk food advertising and supermarket promotions for unhealthy food.

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