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More than 200 new case of diabetes in Warrington
7:20am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A CHARITY has warned the proportion of people with diabetes is expected to rise again after an ‘alarming’ 237 new cases were confirmed in the town in the last year, according to Diabetes UK.
Analysis has found 11,300 people in Warrington are now thought to have diabetes which equates to 6.9 per cent of the town.
It is projected that 7.6 per cent of people in Warrington will have the condition by 2020 leading to the cause warning residents of diabetes risk factors.
Julie Byron, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for the north west, said: “It is alarming that the number of people with diabetes in Warrington has gone up by 237 in a single year and 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.
“This is why we need to raise awareness that if people are over 40, overweight, have a large waist, or have a family history of diabetes, they need to get a risk assessment.
“I know that we all have busy lives and that thinking about future health can be uncomfortable, but it is only if people in Warrington to grasp the nettle and get their risk assessed that we can start to bring the rise in diabetes in the area to an end.”
A hard-hitting advertising campaign to highlight the ‘devastating impact’ of diabetes is currently running as the charity has found many people wrongly think diabetes is a relatively mild condition whereas it can lead to blindness, amputation, stroke and heart attacks.
Around 80 per cent of cases of Type 2 could be delayed or prevented through making healthy lifestyle changes.
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