Number of people living with diabetes in UK hits 5 million
To minimise the risk of additional complications better education is necessary for people newly diagnosed with diabetes, and in the case of type 2 diabetes – being aware of what can lead to the condition, including being overweight.
Factors such as income, education, housing, access to healthy food, as well as poorer access to healthcare, have also been shown to be strongly linked to an increased risk of developing several health conditions – including obesity and type 2 diabetes.
More recently type 2 diabetes has become increasingly common among people aged under 40 and it is more prevalent in areas where there are higher levels of deprivation. While numbers of under 40s with type 2 diabetes remain a small proportion of total cases, it is known to have more severe effects on younger people.
Zoe Davies, a spokesperson for the campaign groups Action on Sugar and Action on Salt, said: “These latest findings unfortunately come as no great surprise given the government has turned its back on many of the key polices designed to improve public health, in particular children’s health.
“They have delayed plans for a ban on pre-watershed TV advertising for junk food, for example, in favour of multinational food companies which are making huge profits from selling unhealthy products and do not have a vested interest in the nation’s health.
“Now, more than ever, the UK’s population need equitable access to healthy, affordable food and this can only be achieved with policies designed to rebalance our food system.”
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