Diabetes increases by over 70% – NHS struggle to cope

Tuesday 24th February, 2009

According to a new study, new cases of people with diabetes soared by 73% between 1997 and 2003 with poor diet and obesity suspected as the cause.

The dramatic increase exposes the huge problem facing NHS services in the next few decades as the health service struggles to cope with diabetes.

Diabetes doubles the risk of premature death and figures suggest obesity-related diabetes in the UK is rising faster than the US.

People diagnosed with diabetes increased from 83,000 in 2006 to 167,000 cases in 2008. Over 2 million people in Britain now have type-2 diabetes which is related to a sedentary lifestyles and obesity.

A spokesman for the charity Diabetes UK said the new figures are a sad indictment of health in the UK and is linked to the country’s expanding waistline.

Losing weight can significantly reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. To prevent this epidemic getting out of control, people should be eating a nutritionally balanced diet and getting at least 30 minutes physical activity a day. Chronic complications of diabetes include blindness, heart disease, kidney problems and strokes.

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