Bucks di­a­betes cases at an ‘all time high’

In­crease of more than 2,000 adults in a year

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE num­ber of peo­ple with di­a­betes in Bucks has reached an all-time high, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by a char­ity.

On Mon­day, the start of Di­a­betes Week, Di­a­betes UK re­vealed that in Bucks, there were 35,347 adults reg­is­tered with di­a­betes in 2013 to 2014, an in­crease of more than 2,030 adults com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. This means that the sharp rise in di­a­betes cases in re­cent years is con­tin­u­ing. Many cases of Type 2 di­a­betes can be pre­vented – but there is no way of pre­vent­ing Type 1.

The char­ity said at the mo­ment, di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tion is barely pro­vided re­sult­ing in ‘dev­as­tat­ing’ health

NHS Chiltern CCG

NHS Milton Keynes CCG com­pli­ca­tions, am­pu­ta­tion, and stroke.

Di­a­betes costs the NHS nearly £10 bil­lion, 80 per cent of which is spent on man­ag­ing avoid­able com­pli­ca­tions.

Di­a­betes UK is call­ing on the NHS to en­sure peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes are pro­vided with ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port to man­age their con­di­tion on a day to day ba­sis ef­fec­tively.

Di­a­betes UK South East re­gional man­ager Jill Steaton said: “Over the last decade we’ve seen the num­ber of peo­ple with in­clud­ing blind­ness

10,783 di­a­betes ris­ing at an alarm­ing rate and these latest fig­ures are a stark call to ac­tion – we must act now or face the very real dan­ger of di­a­betes dev­as­tat­ing the lives of even more peo­ple, and threat­en­ing to wreck the al­ready over-bur­dened NHS.

“We must get bet­ter at of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion to peo­ple who are liv­ing with di­a­betes and help them to man­age this se­ri­ous, com­plex and of­ten over­whelm­ing con­di­tion. It’s cru­cial that ed­u­ca­tion’s made avail­able both at the point of di­ag­no­sis and be­yond as the ed­u­ca­tion needs of peo­ple al­ready liv­ing with the con­di­tion can change over time.

“Along with pro­vid­ing bet­ter and more flex­i­ble ed­u­ca­tion op­tions, lo­cal health sys­tems need to fo­cus on in­creas­ing the pro­por­tion of peo­ple get­ting the 15 healthcare essen­tials that ev­ery­one with di­a­betes should be re­ceiv­ing. Un­til we achieve these steps, we will con­tinue to deny peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes of the best pos­si­ble chance of liv­ing long and healthy lives.” visit www.di­a­betes. org.uk.

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