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Diabetes rates in Yorkshire and Humber soar


12:01am 27th October 2011

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Yorkshire and Humber has increased by more than 12,000 to 248,8771 in the past year, warns leading health charity Diabetes UK today.

The rise is mainly in cases of Type 2 diabetes which accounts for around 90 per cent of all diagnoses.

Whilst Type 2 diabetes commonly develops in people who are overweight, Diabetes UK is urging people to be aware of the other risk factors associated with the condition which include having a large waist, being aged over 40, having a family history of the condition, or being from Black, Asian or minority ethnic communities.

Linda Wood, Northern and Yorkshire Regional Manager at Diabetes UK, said:

"The rate of increase of diabetes is growing with huge human cost and cost to the NHS. The time for action is now. Whilst rates of other serious conditions including many cancers, heart disease and stroke are steady or declining, the epidemic of diabetes continues to grow at even faster rates.

"Simple things can make a huge impact. The NHS Vascular Screening Health Checks is critical in detecting early signs of Type 2 diabetes. Losing 10 per cent of your weight reduces your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 per cent. Check your risk level online at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore

"We must reverse this trend if more people are not going to suffer unnecessarily and if diabetes is not going to bankrupt the NHS. Around 10 per cent of NHS spending goes on diabetes and its complications; this equates to £9 billion per year or £1 million an hour."

Diabetes UK is encouraging people to go online and take its new Diabetes Risk Score tes at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore to find out about their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

People at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes can often decrease or even reverse their risk by losing weight, increasing their physical activity levels and improving their diet.

The main risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes are being overweight or having a large waist, being aged over 40 (or over 25 in Black and South Asian people) and having a close relative with diabetes. At risk waist measurements are 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women.

The symptoms of diabetes are going to the toilet (urinating) all the time especially at night, increased thirst, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, genital itching or regular episodes of thrush, slow healing of cuts and wounds, and blurred vision.

In Type 2 diabetes the signs and symptoms may not be obvious and the condition can go undetected for up to ten years meaning around half of people already show signs of complications by the time they are diagnosed.

Symptoms are quickly relieved once diabetes is being treated and under control.

The table below shows: The number of people with diabetes registered with GP practices (aged 17 years +)

Primary Care Trust                                                 Number of people with diabetes

BARNSLEY PCT                                                        12,620
BRADFORD & AIREDALE PCT                                  28,012
CALDERDALE                                                            9,215  
DONCASTER PCT                                                     16,386
EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE PCT                          15,472
HULL TEACHING PCT                                                12,725
KIRKLEES PCT                                                          18,923
LEEDS PCT                                                                31,908
NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE PCT                                      8,505  
NORTH YORKSHIRE AND YORK PCT                        31,827
ROTHERHAM PCT                                                     12,160
SHEFFIELD PCT                                                         25,902
WAKEFIELD DISTRICT PCT                                       16,918

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