December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
There may be as many as 130 more people with diabetes in East Devon than there were a year ago.
The figures follow a new analysis by Diabetes UK who calculate that there are almost 1,100 more people diabetics in Devon than in 2012.
The analysis shows that just over 51,520 people in Devon are now thought to have diabetes, which has gone up from just over 50,430 in 2012.
This means that eight per cent of people over the age of 16 in the area are now thought to have the condition, and Diabetes UK has warned that this proportion is expected to rise further over the next few years.
It is projected that 8.7 per cent of people in Devon will have diabetes by 2020, a rise that is expected to comprise mainly of new cases of Type 2 diabetes, which already accounts for about 90 per cent of diabetes cases nationally.
Risk factors for Type 2 include being overweight, over 40, or over 25 if you are from South Asian background; or having a close family member with diabetes.
Diabetes UK is urging people in Devon to have their risk assessed –people can do this at a Tesco pharmacy, their GP surgery, or online at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk.
The charity is also concerned that many people wrongly think diabetes is a relatively mild condition - it can lead to blindness, amputation, stroke and heart attacks.
Graham Cooper, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for the South West, said: “It is alarming and addressing this situation needs to be one of the top health priorities in the area.”