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People in Blackburn with Darwen more likely to have diabetes
PEOPLE in Blackburn with Darwen are more likely to have diabetes than those in other parts of the country, according to new figures.
A total of 8.7per cent of over- 16s in the borough have the cond- ition, according to analysis by the charity Diabetes UK.
Brent, in north London, had the highest rate in the country, with 10.5per cent having diab-etes.
The vast majority of cases were type 2 diabetes, which is linked to unhealthy lifestyles and obes- ity. Across the whole of the coun- try, 7.4per cent of people aged over 16 are now thought to have diabetes, and this is expected to rise to 8.4per cent by 2020.
Barbara Young, spokeswoman for the charity, said: “We are heading at frightening speed towards a future where diabetes becomes the norm.
“Given that the increase in diabetes cases is mainly due to a sharp rise in type 2 diabetes, the only way we will finally bring the increase under cont-rol is by getting 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 simple lifestyle chan-ges that can help prevent it.
“This is why we need to raise awareness that if people are overweight, have a large waist, or are over 40, they need to get a risk assessment, as should people who have a family hist-ory of diabetes, or are South Asian and over 25.
In the UK, there are around 3.8million people who have eith- er type 1, or type 2 diabetes, with type 2 accounting for about 90per cent of cases.
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