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Sharp rise in diabetes cases in York and North Yorkshire
THERE has been an alarming rise in the number of people with diabetes in York and North Yorkshire - with more than 1,150 new cases this year.
Figures from Diabetes UK show 49,076 people in York and North Yorkshire are now thought to have diabetes, which has gone up from 47,950 in 2012.
This means that 7.6 per cent of people North Yorkshire are now thought to have the condition and 6.1 per cent of the population in York.
And the figures are expected to continue to rise to 8.3 per cent of people in North Yorkshire and 6.6 per cent of people in York by 2020.
The majority of new cases are expected to be Type 2 diabetes, which already accounts for about 90 per cent of cases nationally and can be prevented with lifestyle changes in most cases.
Diabetes is a serious condition which can lead to devastating health complications such as blindness, amputation, stroke and heart attacks, and ultimately to early death, Diabetes UK has warned, even though many consider it a “relatively mild condition”.
Simon O’Neill, of Diabetes UK, said: “It is alarming that the number of people with diabetes in York and North Yorkshire has gone up by over 1,150 in a single year and addressing this situation needs to be one of the top health priorities in the area.”
He said people needed to get better at preventing cases of Type 2 diabetes as this had seen a sharp rise.
He stressed it was vital people realise how serious it was and also understood their own personal risk so if they are at high risk they can make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.
“I know that we all have busy lives and that thinking about future health can be uncomfortable, but it is only if people in York and North Yorkshire grasp the nettle and get their risk assessed that we can start to bring the rise in diabetes in the area to an end.”
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a large waist, being over 40, or over 25 if you are from South Asian background, or having a close family member with diabetes.
The organisation has urged people to have their risk of being affected assessed at a Tesco pharmacy, their GP surgery, or online at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk