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Warning over rise in cases of diabetes in Haringey

10:41 07 October 2013

A patient undergoing a blood test for diabetes. Picture: Hugo Philpott

A patient undergoing a blood test for diabetes. Picture: Hugo Philpott

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A warning has been issued after it was revealed almost 14,000 Haringey adults now have diabetes.

Roz Rosenblatt, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for London, has said tackling the condition needs to be “one of the top health priorities” in the borough after figures showed the number of cases has risen by 333 in just a year.

There are thought to be 13,920 people over the age of 16 with diabetes in the borough, up from 13,587 in 2012. That equates to 7.5 per cent of the population - a figure which is expected to rise to 8.5 per cent by 2020.

The rise is expected to compromise mainly of new cases of Type 2 diabetes, with people who are overweight, have a large waist, are over 40 - or over 25 if you are from South Asian background - or have a close family member with the condition most at risk.

Ms Rosenblatt said there is a need to get better at preventing or delaying cases of Type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes.

“A vital first step towards this is to ensure both that people realise how serious it is and also that they understand their own personal risk so that if they are at high risk they can make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it,” she added.

“I know that we all have busy lives and that thinking about future health can be uncomfortable, but it is only if people in Haringey grasp the nettle and get their risk assessed that we can start to bring the rise in diabetes in the area to an end.”

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Haringey’s director of public health, echoed her views.

“Unfortunately, due largely to rising levels of obesity, more and more people are suffering with type 2 diabetes all over the country,” she said.

“In Haringey, we are committed to helping more people get checked for diabetes and to preventing people from developing the illness in the first place by encouraging them to have healthier diets, keep fitter, drink less and give up smoking.

“The increased figures indicate that more people are becoming aware of diabetes symptoms and are getting checked by their GPs – this is really important to managing the disease in the long term.”

Assess your risk by visiting your GP, a Tesco pharmacy or online at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk.

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