Stratford residents at higher risk of diabetes than elsewhere in Newham

One in ten Newham residents are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the findings of a study.

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London have found that overall, as many as one in ten of the local population has a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next ten years.

In some areas the close to the Stratford Olympic Park, up to one in six adults are at high risk.

The study analysed half a million electronic records for all people without diabetes, aged between 25-79, and registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets, Newham and City & Hackney.

Using a scoring system, the researchers were able to predict the percentage of the population that were at high risk (a 20 per cent chance or more) of developing type 2 diabetes within the next ten years.

Dr Dianna Smith, a lecturer at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, part of Queen Mary, University of London, said: “We found the risk of diabetes is very high, with about one in ten people being at high risk overall, and in some parts, such as the north-eastern corner of Newham, rising to around one in six.

“There is a geographical band of high risk across East London, which we’ve dubbed the ‘East London Diabetes Belt’ that runs near the Olympic Park and corresponds to some areas of deprivation and a high proportion of South Asian and Black ethnic groups.”

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Rachel Flowers, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS North East London and the City and the London Borough of Newham, said:

“Type 2 diabetes can be preventable. Through outreach and more targeted education, the NHS in Newham is determined to raise awareness of not only risk factors of type 2 diabetes but what people can do to reduce their risk.

“You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating healthier food, doing more exercise, reducing alcohol intake and attending your NHS Health Check.”