15,000 people in Wiltshire at risk of Type 2 diabetes

15,000 people in Wiltshire at risk of Type 2 diabetes

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:19pm 26th February 2020.

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NHS England has told us how many people locally have been flagged up as having non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (NDH).

That's a condition that brings high blood sugar levels, and in turn puts people at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The most recent figures (for January to September 2019), show there were 14,975 people registered with a Wiltshire GP that had NDH.

High Blood Sugar Diabetes
High levels of blood sugar can lead to patients developing diabetes, which can be treated through insulin injections

Those patients are in addition to the 25,370 people across Wiltshire who are already living with Type 2 diabetes.

Compared to figures for 2017-18, it's a 50% rise in cases.

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said: 

"Our bulging waistlines mean 2 million people nationally are now at risk of joining the expanding ranks of those living with largely preventable Type 2 diabetes.

"Unless many more of us make a change, obesity-related illnesses will end up costing hundreds of thousands more lives and billions of pounds in higher treatment costs."

Diabetes Check
Diabetes patients have to regularly have to check their blood sugar levels to manage their condition

FIGURES FOR WEST HAMPSHIRE

Data from GP surgeries in the part of Hampshire, that includes the New Forest and Test Valley, shows that there were 11,565 people diagnosed with NDH between January and September 2019.

There are also 25,235 people living with Type 2 diabetes in West Hampshire.

Chris Askew, chief executive at Diabetes UK, said: 

"The record number of people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes demonstrates the need for urgent action to stop its rapid growth.

"More than half of all cases of Type 2 diabetes - and the devastating complications it can lead to - could be prevented or delayed by supporting people to reduce their risk by losing weight where appropriate, eating healthy food and being more active."

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