The number of people with diabetes in the UK has reached an all-time high of 3.9 million, according to new figures released today by Diabetes UK. In West Lancashire, the local figures of people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes also continue to increase – 5,611 people (2012-13) to 5,808 (2013-14).
This means that the sharp rise in diabetes cases in recent years is continuing. Many cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented – but there is no way of preventing Type 1. With so many people now living with the condition, the priority needs to be on giving people the education they need to manage their diabetes well.
Diabetes UK is calling to ensure people living with diabetes are provided with education and support to manage their condition on a day to day basis effectively.
A local service available in West Lancashire is Walking Away from Diabetes which helps individuals understand more about diabetes and how to minimise the risk of developing it.
Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK Regional Manager said: “Over the last decade we have seen the number of people with diabetes rising at an alarming rate and these latest figures are a stark call to action – we must act now or face the very real danger of diabetes devastating the lives of even more people.”