Concerns over rise in number of diabetics

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Cases of diabetes are on the rise in Sheffield according to new figures – with hundreds more people being diagnosed with the condition over the past year.

In the city, 32,494 people now have diabetes, compared with 31,855 in 2012, a rise of more than 630, says the charity Diabetes UK.

Just under 7 per cent of Sheffielders now have the illness, a number which is expected to rise further in future years.

The statistics were based on a study by Yorkshire and Humber Health Intelligence, and relate to people over 16.

Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK’s director of health intelligence and professional liaison, said: “It is alarming the number of people with diabetes in Sheffield has gone up by more than 630 in a single year and addressing this situation needs to be one of the top health priorities in the area.”

He said many new diagnoses are of Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for about
90 per cent of cases nationally.

Risk factors include being overweight, having a large waist, being over the age of 40 – or over 25 for those of a South Asian background – and having a family history of diabetes.

Complications can range from blindness and limb amputation to strokes and heart attacks.

In Barnsley, there are now 14,197 people with diabetes – a rise of 312 – and 16,154 in Rotherham, up 339 on last year.

Meanwhile, in Doncaster, 18,457 have the illness, an increase of 304 cases since 2012.

Mr O’Neill said people should ‘understand their own personal risk’ and, if necessary, make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of getting diabetes.

n Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to complete an online risk assessment.