We can defuse diabetes bomb

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WE are facing a medical timebomb as the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes grows at an alarming rate. For 3,000 extra cases have been diagnosed each year since 2009 with no sign of the increase slowing.

In fact, experts believe there are many more cases which have gone un-diagnosed, suggesting that there is an even greater number of people suffering in silence with the complaint.

And diabetes is a serious illness, which can lead to blindness, amputation, heart disease, stroke or kidney failure.

However, there is some encouraging news. For the less serious, and most commonly diagnosed, form of diabetes can be controlled and even avoided by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Obesity, which is another major health issue in South Yorkshire at the present time, is one of the factors which can bring on the condition.

So it is not only doctor’s orders but also common sense that people should be exercising more in order to give themselves a chance of avoiding this nasty illness.

On the whole, a wholesome lifestyle will pay in dividends. It just needs a little application and determination to defuse the diabetes time bomb.

Worrying times in solar industry

THE Government was clearly taken by surprise at the enthusiasm for solar panels after it introduced inducements for people to take on the electricity-generating equipment.

But that is mostly because of the arrival on the scene of a new breed of companies which recognised a money-spinning opportunity.

The Feed in Tariff (FiT) paid out for homes with generating gear on their roofs is highly attractive, paying back around double the value of the equipment over its 25-year lifespan.

This led some companies to offer free installation if they could keep the FiT. In truth the money coming back from the generating companies for surplus electricity fed into the national grid is simply the icing on the cake. The real money-maker is the government grant.

Now this has been slashed drastically, the nascent industry which was springing up around this opportunity suddenly finds itself adrift.

These are now worrying times for the hundreds of people across South Yorkshire whose futures rely on their jobs in the industry.

They are caught between a Government desperate to turn back the clock to a more realistic position over solar power and employers who made the most of this short-sightedness.