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Diabetes rates rise in Dorset with fears over further increases
THE number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Dorset has risen by more than 830 in the space of a year, according to latest statistics.
Diabetes UK which published the new figures, show that just over 29,470 people across the county are now thought to have diabetes, an increase of almost 28,900 in 2012.
And the proportion of people with the condition is expected to rise further over the next few years.
Diabetes UK is now urging people to know the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and to be assessed if any apply to them.
Graham Cooper, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for the south west, said: “Addressing this situation needs to be one of the top health priorities in the area. Given that the increase in diabetes cases is mainly due to a sharp rise in Type 2 diabetes, we need to get much better at preventing cases of Type 2.
“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.
“I know that we all have busy lives and that thinking about future health can be uncomfortable, but it is only if people in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole grasp the nettle and get their risk assessed that we can start to bring the rise in diabetes to an end.”
While most cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle, about 10 per cent of cases are Type 1 diabetes, which tends to occur in younger people and is not linked to lifestyle or weight at all.
Risk assessments are available at a Tesco pharmacy, their GP surgery, or online at diabetes.org.uk/risk Risk factors for Type 2 include being overweight; having a large waist; being over 40, or over 25 if you are from South Asian background; or having a close family member with diabetes.
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