Diabetes becoming ‘national health emergency’
Emily Dugan is Social Affairs Editor for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards. Emily is on sabbatical until March 2015
Monday 07 July 2014
Diabetes is becoming a “national health emergency” with thousands of new cases diagnosed every week, says a leading charity which warns it could lead to a rise in amputations and kidney failure.
More than 280,000 people are learning of having the condition every year – equivalent to the population of Newcastle upon Tyne – according to an audit by Diabetes UK.
About 3.8 million people already have the condition and more than a third of the population have borderline diabetes.
Every day 738 new cases of the obesity-linked type 2 diabetes are discovered, causing the great public health concern because of its link to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “This clearly shows the frightening scale of what is fast becoming a national health emergency.
“As the number of people with diabetes grows, we are likely to see even more endure devastating health complications such as amputation and kidney failure and more people die tragically young.”
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