Number of people with diabetes in Dorset reaches 44,177

Number of people with diabetes in Dorset reaches 44,177

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:29am 25th February 2020.

Diabetes UK have released figures that show the number of people now diagnosed with diabetes in Dorset

The number has increased from 42,673 to 44, 177 since last year.

In the UK 3.9million people are currently living with a diagnosis of diabetes, and 90% of those with type 2.

Diabetes UK say that in addition there are almost a million more people living with type 2 diabetes, who don't know they have it because they haven't been diagnosed yet, bringing the total number up to more than 4.8million.

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'Diabetes: The Facts'

  • People with type 2 diabetes are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those without diabetes.
  • A common complication of diabetes that can lead to early death is heart disease and people with type two diabetes are two-and-a-half times more likely to experience heart failure - and twice as likely to have a heart attack.

Phaedra Perry, the South West Regional Head for diabetes UK said:

"Type 2 diabetes is an urgent public health crisis, and solving it depends on decisive action that's led by government, supported by industry and delivered across our society.

"More than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes - and the accompanying risk of developing devastating complications - could be prevented or delayed by supporting people to make healthier choices. 

"This includes mandating industry to make food and drinks healthier and addressing the marketing and promotion of unhealthy foods."

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'The impact'

Diabetes UK want to help people understand the personal impact of type 2 diabetes and find tailored clinical support to reduce it.

Phaedra also says the government should deliver their promise on helping to tackle obesity.

"It's time for them to deliver on this promise, and lead the way in effecting real change.

"Preventing type 2 diabetes, and the development of devastating complications for those living with the condition has to be a public health priority."

Find out more about the risk factors of type 2 diabetes and what you can do to reduce your risk.