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Diabetes is on the increase

The numbers of new cases of diabetes rose 74 per cent between 1997 and 2003, new research reveals.

The findings, published in the 'Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health', suggest that rates of diabetes are increasing at a faster rate in the UK than they are in North America, where prevalence of the disease is one of the highest in the world.

The findings show that:

  • The overall prevalence of diabetes increased from 2.8 per cent of the population in 1996 to 4.3 per cent in 2005

  • The prevalence of the disease was 29 per cent higher among men than among women

  • Of those newly diagnosed, just over 1,250 had Type 1, and more than 41,000 had Type 2.

  • Not only have the numbers of new cases of diabetes been steadily rising, but they have been rising much more rapidly in recent years, increasing by 74 per cent between 1997 and 2003 alone. 

Further details of this report can be found on the Diabetes UK website. 

We can delay Type II diabetes by keeping your weight within the ideal range and making some lifestyle changes which include:

  • Being more active – aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on 5 days per week (More walking, gardening, swimming)

  • Eating a balanced diet and watching the size of portions you eat – eating too much of a healthy diet can still make you gain weight

  • Limit your alcohol intake to within the recommended limits (2-3 units per day). A unit of alcohol can be found in a small glass of wine (125ml), half a pint of beer or lager or 1 pub measure of spirit (30ml) 

You can also access the national Change4Life Campaign on the Diabetes UK website.