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Diabetes cases soar

24th February 2009

Experts have warned that the UK is witnessing a huge rise in the number of diabetes patients due to high obesity rates. 

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According to a report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, new cases of diabetes rose by 74% between 1997 to 2003.

Over 4% of people in the UK were diabetic in 2005 - almost twice the number with the condition in 1995.

The majority of diagnoses are of type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity.

42,642 people received a diagnosis of diabetes between 1996 and 2005. Of this number,  around 1,250 had type 1 diabetes, and in excess of 41,000 had the type 2 form of the disease.

The number of type 2 diabetes cases increased from 2.60 to 4.31 cases per 1,000 patient years, which equated to a rise of 69% over ten years.

The number of patients who had type 2 diabetes and were also obese went up by a fifth during the study's time span.

The researchers said: "Our results suggest that, although the incidence of diabetes remains lower in the UK than in the USA or Canada, it appears to be increasing at a faster pace."

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "This research is a sad indictment of the current state of the UK's health. Sadly, the statistics are not surprising as we know that the soaring rates of type 2 diabetes, are strongly linked to the country's expanding waistline."

 

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Jane Lorimer

Wednesday 25th February 2009 @ 15:06

If we are to curb the human misery and financial strain of diabetes, we have got to grasp the nettle with the food and drink manufacturers. Obesity does not cause diabetes, more and more over refined, processed and chemically enhanced "food" with less and less fresh, "real" food, causes both obesity and diabetes (and most of the other diseases of western civilisation). A rule of thumb is that the bigger the profit margin on a food or drink, the bigger the advertising budget and the worse it will be for our health. The trend today is for these artificial snacks to replace proper meals, so people are becoming undernourished and overweight, with too little energy to be active - and diabetic.


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