Diabetes 'a UK health emergency'

York Press: About 3.8 million people in the UK now have diabetes, a charity said
About 3.8 million people in the UK now have diabetes, a charity said

Diabetes is becoming a "national health emergency", a charity has warned as figures suggest that hundreds of people are diagnosed with the condition every day in the UK.

Diabetes UK said that more than 280,000 people a year are diagnosed with diabetes - the equivalent to the population of Newcastle.

Each day 738 people are told that they have type 2 diabetes - which is linked to being overweight - and 30 are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - which is not linked to weight.

About 3.8 million people in the UK now have the condition and about 35% of the population have borderline diabetes.

Diabetes UK has called for more focus on preventing type 2 diabetes, saying that if the rate of people getting the condition continues the consequences could be "disastrous".

The chief executive of the charity, Barbara Young, said: "It is deeply worrying that more than 700 people a day are being diagnosed with diabetes and this clearly shows the frightening scale of what is fast becoming a national health emergency.

"If we continue to see people being diagnosed at this rate then the consequences will be disastrous.

"As the number of people with diabetes grows, we are likely to see even more people endure devastating health complications such as amputation and kidney failure and more people die tragically young. It would also lead to an increase in NHS costs that would be simply unsustainable.

"As a country, we are still not giving diabetes healthcare the priority it needs and we also need to get much better at preventing type 2 diabetes before it is too late."

Professor Kevin Fenton, n ational director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: " Public Health England welcomes Diabetes UK placing a refreshed emphasis on prevention. We take the growing number of people at risk of diabetes very seriously.

"We can all reduce our risk by maintaining a healthy weight, using tips from our eat well plate to get balanced, healthy portion sizes, and getting active every day. We know that making those small changes, no matter how old we are, will have a real impact on our health."

:: The latest figures have been derived from the National Diabetes Audit from analysis conducted by Diabetes UK and supermarket chain Tesco.

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10:18am Mon 7 Jul 14

mark4469 says...

I am diabetic and on insulin and tablets every day and i really think there should be a tax on fizzy drinks as i have always loved soft drinks and always avoided alcohol and its finally caught up with me and the back end of last year making me very ill there needs to be a better education of what sugary food can do and the damage it cause i now drink sugar free and caffeine free what is the government scared of there will be a massive rise in diabetes if nothing is done now and it is a parents responsibility to make the right decision s for there kids as it is not all fun when you having to inject yourself twice a day and also remember to take your tablets too even went on a salad and cereal diet for 8 weeks and lost some weight but was unable to control it with diet everyone needs to take a step back and have a good look at themselves and realise life is very precious
I am diabetic and on insulin and tablets every day and i really think there should be a tax on fizzy drinks as i have always loved soft drinks and always avoided alcohol and its finally caught up with me and the back end of last year making me very ill there needs to be a better education of what sugary food can do and the damage it cause i now drink sugar free and caffeine free what is the government scared of there will be a massive rise in diabetes if nothing is done now and it is a parents responsibility to make the right decision s for there kids as it is not all fun when you having to inject yourself twice a day and also remember to take your tablets too even went on a salad and cereal diet for 8 weeks and lost some weight but was unable to control it with diet everyone needs to take a step back and have a good look at themselves and realise life is very precious mark4469
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1:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Yemen says...

Obesity, especially childhood obesity is literally the elephant in the room.

Smoking can and will kill you, or severely shorten your life so we rightly legislate against it, advertise about its risks and tax it severely. Alcohol also will kill you in just one sitting and will also shorten your life and severely affect your health. Again its advertised as such, limits are advised and people are told and educated about it.

Being fat though ? nope cant say anything or do anything because it might hurt peoples feelings...

In fact lets make high street shops models fat too and encourage acceptance of a slovenly lethargic lifestyle.

lets make all the unhealthy sugary food cheap and plentiful,

lets not educate people about eating healthy, and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

lets turn a blind eye and the major cause of type 2 in the world and set ourselves up for a healthcare timebomb.

lets label obesity as a disease thereby shedding all responsibility from the shoulders of the obese because, hey its a disease its not like i can do anything about it.

before anyone chimes in 'oh its too expensive to eat healthy' that is complete rubbish fresh meat and veg is cheap and plentiful. For £30 a week you can by more food than you need.

and as my final point which i know will ruffle a few feathers here but is absolutely 100% correct.

why do we not treat people with morbidly obese children as child abusers ?
Obesity, especially childhood obesity is literally the elephant in the room. Smoking can and will kill you, or severely shorten your life so we rightly legislate against it, advertise about its risks and tax it severely. Alcohol also will kill you in just one sitting and will also shorten your life and severely affect your health. Again its advertised as such, limits are advised and people are told and educated about it. Being fat though ? nope cant say anything or do anything because it might hurt peoples feelings... In fact lets make high street shops models fat too and encourage acceptance of a slovenly lethargic lifestyle. lets make all the unhealthy sugary food cheap and plentiful, lets not educate people about eating healthy, and the benefits of an active lifestyle. lets turn a blind eye and the major cause of type 2 in the world and set ourselves up for a healthcare timebomb. lets label obesity as a disease thereby shedding all responsibility from the shoulders of the obese because, hey its a disease its not like i can do anything about it. before anyone chimes in 'oh its too expensive to eat healthy' that is complete rubbish fresh meat and veg is cheap and plentiful. For £30 a week you can by more food than you need. and as my final point which i know will ruffle a few feathers here but is absolutely 100% correct. why do we not treat people with morbidly obese children as child abusers ? Yemen
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