Olympic legacy used to convey diabetes message in Sheffield

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HEALTH bosses have urged families in Sheffield to adopt the Olympic spirit by introducing lifestyle improvements which could prevent their risk of developing diabetes.

Figures released by NHS Sheffield show 28,500 adults and children in the city are living with the condition and thousands more cases are undiagnosed.

Around 90 per cent of those diagnosed have the preventable type 2. The biggest risk factors for developing it include a large waist measurement and being overweight.

The condition can lead to serious health problems if it is not managed properly. The newest statistics available show that between 2007 and 2008 547 people in Sheffield died of complications linked to type 2 diabetes.

The trust is now using the nation’s reignited passion for sport to promote the prevention of diabetes, targeting young people who have been inspired to take up a new activity or adopt a healthier lifestyle in a bid to emulate their favourite athletes.

A spokeswoman for NHS Sheffield said t ype 2 is most common in adults over 40, but an increasing amount of children and young adults are being diagnosed.

“The condition is more common in those of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Middle Eastern descent and, in these groups it can develop much earlier.

Lis Reid, a public health worker at NHS Sheffield, said: “Childhood obesity is a priority for us in Sheffield as the health risks to children and young people who are overweight are significant, putting them at a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke later in life. Symptoms common to both types of diabetes include feeling thirsty, the need to pass urine frequently, weight loss and extreme tiredness. So if you are concerned you have these symptoms visit your GP. If your symptoms develop quickly or your child has symptoms, seek urgent medical advice.”

“Your GP or nurse will carry out urine tests and blood tests to confirm a diagnosis.”

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