One diabetes diagnosis per minute - 05 January 2009

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-15 18:07:31 -0600
Started 2009-02-15 11:48:48 -0600

I ran across this article while looking for something else, thought it interesting so thought I would share, I know not all of us on the site are from North America.

One person is diagnosed with diabetes every three minutes in the UK, a new report has found.

The 'Diabetes in the UK 2008: key statistics' report, published by the charity Diabetes UK, shows that almost 150,000 people were diagnosed with diabetes last year - up from 100,000 in 2007.

One of the worrying statistics contained in the report is the estimate that 20 per cent of the south Asian community and 17 per cent of black Africans and Caribbean people have type-2 diabetes, compared with just three per cent of the general population.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, described the condition as 'one of the biggest health challenges of our time'.

'Diabetes UK wants the government to put diabetes at the top of the health agenda in 2009,' he said.

'People need to be supported to make changes to their lifestyle - such as eating healthily, losing weight if appropriate and being physically active - in order to reduce their risk of developing type-2 diabetes.'

The condition develops when blood glucose levels become too high because the body is unable to use it properly.

2 replies

GabbyPA 2009-02-15 16:57:33 -0600 Report

I rather imagine that our numbers would be similar if not more here in the US. And more children. It is staggering

rbergman 2009-02-15 18:07:31 -0600 Report

I did try to find a comparison article of UK vs. US but was not able to find anything current but I agree I bet our numbers are higher on this side of the pond.