Nearly a quarter of a million people in the north east are at risk of Type 2 diabetes, new figures have revealed.
A new report by Public Health England (PHE) shows that five million people in England have blood sugar levels indicating a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with 245,551 estimated in the north east.
The figures show that 33,203 – 12.5 per cent of the population – are at risk in Northumberland.
The report was commissioned by the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP), which will support people in reducing their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by helping them lose weight, be more active and have a healthier diet.
Beverley Oliver, health and well-being programme lead for diabetes at PHE North East said: “We know that the best way for people who already have high blood sugar levels to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is by losing weight and being more active.
“The data published today estimates that almost a quarter of a million people in the north east are already at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
“With help from the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, the number of people who go on to develop this serious condition can be reduced dramatically.”
Craig Melrose, medical director, NHS England Cumbria and the North East, said: “There are too many people on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes and we can change that.
“The growing body of evidence makes us confident that our NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will reduce the numbers of those at risk going on to develop the debilitating disease.”
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Having high blood glucose levels significantly increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is a serious health condition which affects 2.9 million people in England, and can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke, and ultimately early death.
“This is why it is really important that people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are given evidenced based support to reduce their risk.”