Today (14 Nov) is World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is one of the most common of all chronic medical conditions. It can reduce people’s life expectancy by an average of five years, and is the most common cause of amputations and blindness. The number of people with Diabetes is on the rise. In Wolverhampton 16,043 people have been diagnosed with diabetes, that’s 7.7% of the population. Currently, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK is estimated to be 3.5 million. It is predicted that up to 549,000 people in the UK have diabetes that is yet to be diagnosed. This means that, including the number of undiagnosed people, there is estimated to be over 4 million people living with diabetes in the UK at present. This represents 6% of the UK population or 1 in every 16 people having diabetes.

In Wolverhampton, we have a higher rate of diabetes than the ULK average in part because we have higher rates of obesity here compared to the rest of the country and obesity is one of the causes of type 2 Diabetes.

It’s crucial that people are aware of the serious health effects this condition can bring and know what signs to look out for so that they can be treated quickly if they develop diabetes. The symptoms for type 2 Diabetes, the most common kind include excessive thirst, frequent or increased urination, especially at night, excessive hunger and fatigue.

Luckily testing for diabetes is easy. It can be done with a simple pin prick test. The Wolverhampton Diabetes Centre is at New Cross Hospital. Anyone wanting to contact the Centre to book a Diabetes test can do so by ringing 01902 695310.

November 2017