‘We are facing a diabetes disaster'

This Is Wiltshire: A patient undergoing a blood test for diabetes A patient undergoing a blood test for diabetes

THE number of people with diabetes in Swindon is set to rise by 2,400 at the end of the decade, according to a charity, which warns the nation is heading for a health crisis over the disease.

Nationally, it says, the figure is set to rise by 700,000 by 2020, with a total of 4.4m people in England, Scotland and Wales projected to have the condition in the next eight years.

The analysis by charity Diabetes UK, based on data from the Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Observatory, shows it would be an increase of almost a fifth and the equivalent of adding almost the combined populations of Liverpool and Newcastle to the current total.

The majority of the extra 700,000 cases would be Type 2 diabetes, which can often be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight. Incidence of Type 1 diabetes, which is not linked to lifestyle, is also rising but scientists do not know why.

Diabetes UK has warned that the cost of providing healthcare for the extra 700,000 people would put great financial pressure on the NHS, which is already spending 10 per cent of its budget on treating the condition.

The charity is now calling for more resources to be put towards preventing Type 2 diabetes and wants the Government to fund a public health campaign to raise awareness of risk factors and of the seriousness of diabetes.

Graham Cooper, Diabetes UK South West regional manager, said: “The healthcare system is at breaking point in terms of its ability to provide care for people with diabetes and many people are developing health complications that could have been avoided and are dying early.

“Because of this, I have fears about the impact of an extra 700,000 people with diabetes. “We face the real prospect of the rise in the number of people with the condition combining with NHS budget pressures to create a perfect storm that threatens to bankrupt the NHS.

“But the Government and the NHS do not seem to have grasped the scale of the impending crisis. “The crucial point is that it is still not too late to take the action needed to avert it.

“We need a Government-funded campaign to raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. This will give proper support to those at high risk, and to highlight the the condition.

“That way people can understand why they should be doing everything they can to prevent it. We need to act now.”

In July, more than 100 people in Swindon were identified as at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes thanks to the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow by Diabetes UK and Bupa.

Thes how aimed to identify some of the 1,900 people in the town who have Type 2 diabetes but are unaware. Visit www.diabetes.org.uk.

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8:40pm Wed 3 Oct 12

house on the hill says...

"""The majority of the extra 700,000 cases would be Type 2 diabetes, which can often be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight.""""

Why is it as a society we seem to be becoming more stupid and irresponsible. Most type 2 cases are caused by lifestyle or in other words by making a conscious decision to live an unhealthy life and make yourself ill and shorten an already short life. The NHS is collapsong under the "weight" of those with self inflicted illnesses and injuries, so stop moaning about waiting lists and not being able to get to see a doctor for about a month. It is in many cases our own fault which then has an effect on everyone else.

And we wonder why the world is in the mess it is. In a word irresponsiblity on so many levels by so many people. Are people really happy to die before their time. Smoking, drinking and overeating are all triggers for diabetes. I thought we were supposed to be becoming more civilised not less. Sorry I have no symapthy with anyone with self inflicted problems, how can you expect others to be responsible when you are not prepared to be. Stop wasting taxpayers money on selfish idiots and spend it in those really in need through no fault of their own.
"""The majority of the extra 700,000 cases would be Type 2 diabetes, which can often be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight."""" Why is it as a society we seem to be becoming more stupid and irresponsible. Most type 2 cases are caused by lifestyle or in other words by making a conscious decision to live an unhealthy life and make yourself ill and shorten an already short life. The NHS is collapsong under the "weight" of those with self inflicted illnesses and injuries, so stop moaning about waiting lists and not being able to get to see a doctor for about a month. It is in many cases our own fault which then has an effect on everyone else. And we wonder why the world is in the mess it is. In a word irresponsiblity on so many levels by so many people. Are people really happy to die before their time. Smoking, drinking and overeating are all triggers for diabetes. I thought we were supposed to be becoming more civilised not less. Sorry I have no symapthy with anyone with self inflicted problems, how can you expect others to be responsible when you are not prepared to be. Stop wasting taxpayers money on selfish idiots and spend it in those really in need through no fault of their own. house on the hill

9:42am Thu 4 Oct 12

PJC says...

house on the hill wrote:
"""The majority of the extra 700,000 cases would be Type 2 diabetes, which can often be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight.""""

Why is it as a society we seem to be becoming more stupid and irresponsible. Most type 2 cases are caused by lifestyle or in other words by making a conscious decision to live an unhealthy life and make yourself ill and shorten an already short life. The NHS is collapsong under the "weight" of those with self inflicted illnesses and injuries, so stop moaning about waiting lists and not being able to get to see a doctor for about a month. It is in many cases our own fault which then has an effect on everyone else.

And we wonder why the world is in the mess it is. In a word irresponsiblity on so many levels by so many people. Are people really happy to die before their time. Smoking, drinking and overeating are all triggers for diabetes. I thought we were supposed to be becoming more civilised not less. Sorry I have no symapthy with anyone with self inflicted problems, how can you expect others to be responsible when you are not prepared to be. Stop wasting taxpayers money on selfish idiots and spend it in those really in need through no fault of their own.
This is why it's important to distinguish between type 1 & type 2. Type 1 isn't due to lifestyle. Often people just hear 'diabetes' and because of the media coverage, make assumptions.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: """The majority of the extra 700,000 cases would be Type 2 diabetes, which can often be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight."""" Why is it as a society we seem to be becoming more stupid and irresponsible. Most type 2 cases are caused by lifestyle or in other words by making a conscious decision to live an unhealthy life and make yourself ill and shorten an already short life. The NHS is collapsong under the "weight" of those with self inflicted illnesses and injuries, so stop moaning about waiting lists and not being able to get to see a doctor for about a month. It is in many cases our own fault which then has an effect on everyone else. And we wonder why the world is in the mess it is. In a word irresponsiblity on so many levels by so many people. Are people really happy to die before their time. Smoking, drinking and overeating are all triggers for diabetes. I thought we were supposed to be becoming more civilised not less. Sorry I have no symapthy with anyone with self inflicted problems, how can you expect others to be responsible when you are not prepared to be. Stop wasting taxpayers money on selfish idiots and spend it in those really in need through no fault of their own.[/p][/quote]This is why it's important to distinguish between type 1 & type 2. Type 1 isn't due to lifestyle. Often people just hear 'diabetes' and because of the media coverage, make assumptions. PJC

11:03am Thu 4 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

I know smoking causes a lot of conditions but diabetes isn't one of them.

The primary cause is Obesity, but it can be hereditary, and is more prevalent in certain ethnic groups.
I know smoking causes a lot of conditions but diabetes isn't one of them. The primary cause is Obesity, but it can be hereditary, and is more prevalent in certain ethnic groups. RichardR1

1:43pm Thu 4 Oct 12

house on the hill says...

Which is why i started by saying i was referring to the lifestyle causes and not those who are victims of it. As I also said, those who need our help through no fault of their own should have it but we also need to stop wiping the **** of those too lazy to look after themselves who are usually the ones who then moan about waiting times at hospitals and doctors! Obesity is not in itself an illness but it can trigger other conditions and only around 5% of those overweight are that way because of medical conditions, the rest just choose to eat too much and excercise too little. We are the cause of so many of our own problems it is no real surprise the world is in the mess it is.
Which is why i started by saying i was referring to the lifestyle causes and not those who are victims of it. As I also said, those who need our help through no fault of their own should have it but we also need to stop wiping the **** of those too lazy to look after themselves who are usually the ones who then moan about waiting times at hospitals and doctors! Obesity is not in itself an illness but it can trigger other conditions and only around 5% of those overweight are that way because of medical conditions, the rest just choose to eat too much and excercise too little. We are the cause of so many of our own problems it is no real surprise the world is in the mess it is. house on the hill

5:28pm Thu 4 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

This is what you actually said, 'Smoking, drinking and overeating are all triggers for diabetes.'

Smoking is not mentioned in any of the literature I have seen. Although as I have said it undoubtedly causes other illnesses and is not a habit to take up.
This is what you actually said, 'Smoking, drinking and overeating are all triggers for diabetes.' Smoking is not mentioned in any of the literature I have seen. Although as I have said it undoubtedly causes other illnesses and is not a habit to take up. RichardR1

8:10pm Thu 4 Oct 12

semitonic says...

It's more about genetics than lifestyle, hence there are millions of fat lazy people who do not have diabetes.

You are either going to get it or you aren't. Having a large midriff may accelerate insulin resistance but there is a consensus of opinion that says certain people are fat and lazy because they are diabetic, not diabetic as a result of being fat and lazy.

Plenty of very healthy people develop type 2 diabetes.
It's more about genetics than lifestyle, hence there are millions of fat lazy people who do not have diabetes. You are either going to get it or you aren't. Having a large midriff may accelerate insulin resistance but there is a consensus of opinion that says certain people are fat and lazy [italic]because[/italic] they are diabetic, not diabetic as a result of being fat and lazy. Plenty of very healthy people develop type 2 diabetes. semitonic

9:33am Fri 5 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

semitonic quite agree, but it doesn't stop the constant health misrepresentations.

Take a recent Panorama programme on alcohol unit pricing, they used data from the University of Sheffield who stated 50,000 over 60's could be saved each year if unit pricing was introduced.

Shock horror, as expected, the truth however was considerably different, the Uni it seems got their maths wrong, it would actually be no more than 11,500 and they couldn't state with any certainty it would even be that many.

Was this correction announced with as much gusto, of course not.
semitonic quite agree, but it doesn't stop the constant health misrepresentations. Take a recent Panorama programme on alcohol unit pricing, they used data from the University of Sheffield who stated 50,000 over 60's could be saved each year if unit pricing was introduced. Shock horror, as expected, the truth however was considerably different, the Uni it seems got their maths wrong, it would actually be no more than 11,500 and they couldn't state with any certainty it would even be that many. Was this correction announced with as much gusto, of course not. RichardR1

1:45pm Fri 5 Oct 12

house on the hill says...

As the point I was trying to make, stop blaiming the statistics or misrepresentations, it is people who choose how much and what they eat and or drink and or smoke. stop blaming advertisters, tv programmes, McDonalds, supermarkets etc, life is about choice. there will always be the exceptions of those who drink and smoke and live to 100 and those fully fit who drop dead at 25, but the average person can have a serious influence on how long they live and how healthy they will be during their life. We are spending way to much time and money on those who choose to be irresponsible and then expect other people to pick up the tab and put up with their excessive behaviour. As the article says 700,000 are diabetic because of their lifestyle choice, why would anyone want to take that chance is what I dont understand.
As the point I was trying to make, stop blaiming the statistics or misrepresentations, it is people who choose how much and what they eat and or drink and or smoke. stop blaming advertisters, tv programmes, McDonalds, supermarkets etc, life is about choice. there will always be the exceptions of those who drink and smoke and live to 100 and those fully fit who drop dead at 25, but the average person can have a serious influence on how long they live and how healthy they will be during their life. We are spending way to much time and money on those who choose to be irresponsible and then expect other people to pick up the tab and put up with their excessive behaviour. As the article says 700,000 are diabetic because of their lifestyle choice, why would anyone want to take that chance is what I dont understand. house on the hill

10:02am Sat 6 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

House major studies have shown that people who live healthy life styles live long, these same studies have also shown that taking all things into consideration these healthy people cost the NHS far more in the long term as they are prone to expensive debilitating disease later in life.

Life style choices are exactly that. How far do you go this view, sports men and women, thrill seekers/dangerous sports. Sexually permissive etc etc.

There is not a person on this planet I doubt who has not made a wrong life style choice, well at least wrong in someone else's view.

As for life expectancy, take a look at the list, the top two countries on the list have some of the highest rates of smoking in the world, in fact I think China has the highest.
http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/List_of_cou
ntries_by_life_expec
tancy
House major studies have shown that people who live healthy life styles live long, these same studies have also shown that taking all things into consideration these healthy people cost the NHS far more in the long term as they are prone to expensive debilitating disease later in life. Life style choices are exactly that. How far do you go this view, sports men and women, thrill seekers/dangerous sports. Sexually permissive etc etc. There is not a person on this planet I doubt who has not made a wrong life style choice, well at least wrong in someone else's view. As for life expectancy, take a look at the list, the top two countries on the list have some of the highest rates of smoking in the world, in fact I think China has the highest. http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/List_of_cou ntries_by_life_expec tancy RichardR1

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