Cases of diabetes are on the rise in Sheffield, new figures have revealed - with hundreds more 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 seven 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 that the number of people with diabetes in Sheffield has gone up by over 630 in a single year and addressing this situation needs to be one of the top health priorities in the area.”
He added that many new diagnoses are of Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for around 90 per cent of cases nationally.
Risk factors include being overweight, having a large waist, being over 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 diabetes, an increase of 304 cases since 2012.
Mr O’Neill said: “We need to get much better at preventing cases of Type 2. A vital first step towards this is to ensure both that people realise how serious it is and also that they understand their own personal risk, so that if they are at high risk they can make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it.
“I know that we all have busy lives and that thinking about future health can be uncomfortable, but it is only if people grasp the nettle and get their risk assessed that we can start to bring the rise in diabetes to an end.”
While most cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle, about 10 per cent of cases are Type 1 diabetes, which tends to occur in younger people and is not linked to lifestyle or weight at all.
Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to complete an online risk assessment.