Calls to improve care for Newham's 23,000 diabetics

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 January 2016

Nearly 23,000 people in Newham are diabetic - eight per cent of the population (picture: PA)

Nearly 23,000 people in Newham are diabetic - eight per cent of the population (picture: PA)

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The number of people living with diabetes has reached a record high, with more people in Newham having the condition than in all but two other London boroughs.

New figures released by charity Diabetes UK have shown that 22,904 people in the borough have diabetes – eight per cent of the population.

The borough is only behind Brent, with 8.35pc and Harrow, with 8.71pc, in the percentage of residents that are diabetic.

The figures, extracted from GP patient data, also reveal the number of people living with diabetes nationwide has tipped the 4million mark for the first time.

The charity is calling for more care and education to help reduce the number of people dying from diabetes – a figure currently estimated at 20,000 a year.

Roz Rosenblatt, Diabetes UK London manager, said: “Tragically, we are continuing to see too many people with diabetes suffering serious complications, and even dying before their time.

“We know that key reasons for this are that they are being denied both the care and access to education that would help them to manage their condition well.”

She added that measures such as making healthy food cheaper and more accessible and finding ways for people to build physical exercise into their daily routine would help reduce the number of people who are overweight or obese and therefore at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

A spokeswoman for Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said that GPs were working closely with the council and other health organisations to help people live longer, healthier lives.

She said: “As well as working on diabetes prevention we are currently redesigning diabetes services in Newham.

“It’s important to remember that up to 80pc of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives – such as eating healthier, being more active, stopping smoking and limiting alcohol intake.”

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