Obesity blamed for rise in diabetes in Sussex as nearly six a day diagnosed

Obesity blamed for rise in diabetes in county as nearly six a day diagnosed

Obesity blamed for rise in diabetes in county as nearly six a day diagnosed

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Almost six people a day are being diagnosed with diabetes across Sussex with a rising number of new cases linked to a growing obesity problem.

More than 2,100 Sussex residents discovered they were diabetic in the last year, according to research by Diabetes UK.

The new figures mean that more than one in 14 of the county's population now have the condition.

The charity says most new patients have Type 2 diabetes which is linked to risk factors such as being overweight, having a large waist, being over 40 or having a close family member with diabetes.

Diabetes is just one condition linked to obesity which in total is expected to cost NHS trusts in the county £460 million by 2015.

In Brighton and Hove, there were 158 new diabetes cases, bringing the total for the city up to 13,554.

In West Sussex, cases rose by 1,168 to 51, 591 and in East Sussex they rose by 822 to 37,037.


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Diabetes UK is now urging people in Sussex to make sure they are aware of the risk factors and be assessed if any of these apply to them.

It says around 80% of cases of Type 2 could be delayed or prevented through making healthy lifestyle changes.

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The charity is also concerned many people wrongly think diabetes is a relatively mild condition and so do not see the need to find out more about it.

However, it can lead to devastating health complications such as blindness, amputation, stroke and heart attacks, and ultimately to early death.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK's south east regional manager said: “It is alarming the number of people with diabetes has gone up and addressing this situation needs to be one of the top health priorities.

“Given 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.

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

David Brindley from Brighton and Hove City Council's public health team said: “Obesity is a major risk factor for developing Type2 diabetes and having a healthy weight and proper nutrition is key in preventing and controlling the disease.

“The new Brighton and Hove Health and Wellbeing Strategy has prioritised this objective and sets out a programme of activities to encourage people of all ages to adopt a healthier life style. “ City-wide projects to improve activity include free swimming for under 17s, Healthwalks and exercise-referral schemes.

There is also weight management support in community and health care settings, including cooking and healthy eating courses.

NHS Health Checks are available for people aged 40 to 74 years at most GP practices.

People can check their diabetes risk at a Tesco pharmacy, their GP surgery, or at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk.

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9:31am Sat 5 Oct 13

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

Our policies do not support Fatties
Our policies do not support Fatties I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!
  • Score: 4

9:46am Sat 5 Oct 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

How do you know you have it? What are symptoms? would be helpful
How do you know you have it? What are symptoms? would be helpful Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 1

10:03am Sat 5 Oct 13

Morpheus says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
How do you know you have it? What are symptoms? would be helpful
You will know you are not well and it is easy to detect. GPs should be doing a test for overweight patients. It only takes seconds .
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: How do you know you have it? What are symptoms? would be helpful[/p][/quote]You will know you are not well and it is easy to detect. GPs should be doing a test for overweight patients. It only takes seconds . Morpheus
  • Score: 0

11:36am Sat 5 Oct 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
How do you know you have it? What are symptoms? would be helpful
Feeling tired, weeing all the time are the two main ones.
BTW, you don't have to be overweight to have it, it's just more likely. If it's already in your family genetics your risk of getting it is increased.
Go to your pharmacy for a simple blood check, or your doctor, if you suspect you may have it.
It's easily treated with drugs and diet, and the longer you leave it untreated the worse the outcome.
I have had it for 12 years, and I live a completely normal life. My grandfather had it, so it's in the genes.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: How do you know you have it? What are symptoms? would be helpful[/p][/quote]Feeling tired, weeing all the time are the two main ones. BTW, you don't have to be overweight to have it, it's just more likely. If it's already in your family genetics your risk of getting it is increased. Go to your pharmacy for a simple blood check, or your doctor, if you suspect you may have it. It's easily treated with drugs and diet, and the longer you leave it untreated the worse the outcome. I have had it for 12 years, and I live a completely normal life. My grandfather had it, so it's in the genes. Ballroom Blitz
  • Score: 5

3:55pm Sat 5 Oct 13

chilliman says...

I've been borderline diabetic for several years but don't use any drugs. I self test weekly at different times of the day to keep an eye on blood sugar levels, and check for problems with my feet, circulation issues in the legs and feet, sight changes and general physical condition. I am overweight but not enough to stop me leading a reasonably normal life conducive with my age. You soon know if you have a blood sugar dip or peak with extreme tiredness and heaviness of limbs or maybe dizziness. What caused it in my case? I don't know for sure but I had thyroid problems which led to heart problems and the diabetes reared its head soon afterwards. I have an annual blood test at the GP's surgery but would soon get in touch if my own checks threw anything up.
I've been borderline diabetic for several years but don't use any drugs. I self test weekly at different times of the day to keep an eye on blood sugar levels, and check for problems with my feet, circulation issues in the legs and feet, sight changes and general physical condition. I am overweight but not enough to stop me leading a reasonably normal life conducive with my age. You soon know if you have a blood sugar dip or peak with extreme tiredness and heaviness of limbs or maybe dizziness. What caused it in my case? I don't know for sure but I had thyroid problems which led to heart problems and the diabetes reared its head soon afterwards. I have an annual blood test at the GP's surgery but would soon get in touch if my own checks threw anything up. chilliman
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Sat 5 Oct 13

D5 says...

stop eating rubbish.
exercise.
fruit and veg.
stop eating rubbish. exercise. fruit and veg. D5
  • Score: -1

4:53pm Sat 5 Oct 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I think one of the biggest contributors to this epidemic are the sugary drinks so many people drink without thinking. Children's drinks have far too much in them and if you want to avoid this in children please give them water or diet drinks.

For the person asking about how to detect it, you will have an insatiable thirst most of the time and you will go to the toilet far more - this is due to your body trying to flush the sugar out of your system. For females you may get incredibly sore around your front bottom (to put it politely!) - this is caused by all the sugar being passed out.

Diabetes is a big problem now and the hospitals are incredibly busy with patients - Eastbourne's hospital you now have to wait 2 years for your annual check up, that's how bad it's got. When you're there you get 10 minutes and half of that is spent checking your feet! Not good.

This government is criminal in it's lack of funding to the NHS for so many things.
I think one of the biggest contributors to this epidemic are the sugary drinks so many people drink without thinking. Children's drinks have far too much in them and if you want to avoid this in children please give them water or diet drinks. For the person asking about how to detect it, you will have an insatiable thirst most of the time and you will go to the toilet far more - this is due to your body trying to flush the sugar out of your system. For females you may get incredibly sore around your front bottom (to put it politely!) - this is caused by all the sugar being passed out. Diabetes is a big problem now and the hospitals are incredibly busy with patients - Eastbourne's hospital you now have to wait 2 years for your annual check up, that's how bad it's got. When you're there you get 10 minutes and half of that is spent checking your feet! Not good. This government is criminal in it's lack of funding to the NHS for so many things. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Sat 5 Oct 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

D5 wrote:
stop eating rubbish.
exercise.
fruit and veg.
You really are a knob. It's just not a simple as that.
[quote][p][bold]D5[/bold] wrote: stop eating rubbish. exercise. fruit and veg.[/p][/quote]You really are a knob. It's just not a simple as that. Ballroom Blitz
  • Score: 3

7:02pm Mon 7 Oct 13

gheese77 says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
D5 wrote:
stop eating rubbish.
exercise.
fruit and veg.
You really are a knob. It's just not a simple as that.
Course its not as simple as that but its still good advice and will stop some people developing the condition
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D5[/bold] wrote: stop eating rubbish. exercise. fruit and veg.[/p][/quote]You really are a knob. It's just not a simple as that.[/p][/quote]Course its not as simple as that but its still good advice and will stop some people developing the condition gheese77
  • Score: 0

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