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Diabetic Cases in Teesside Increase

Tue, 15 Nov 2011

Diabetic cases across Teesside increased by 5 per cent plus during 2011, with 1,289 newly diagnosed diabetics across the regionís four Primary Care Trusts (PCTs).

25,203 individuals aged 17 plus and registered with GPs across Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland PCTs are diabetics .

The biggest increase in cases was in Stockton, where the number of sufferers increased from 7,486 in 2010 to 7,958 in 2011, an increase of 6.3%.

In addition, Hartlepool PCT also witnessed a 6% increase in cases of diabetics amongst over 17 year olds.

Overall, cases across Teesside rose from 23,914 in 2010 to 25,203 in 2011, an increase of 5.4%.

51% of people at a recent UK Healthy Lifestyle Road Show in Redcar were referred to a GP, after being assessed as being at high or moderate risk of developing Type 2 diabetes .

The roadshow aimed to identify some of the estimated 2,800 people in Redcar and Cleveland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not among the 6,587 in that area who have been diagnosed.

Diabetes UK released some figures ahead of World Diabetes Day to highlight that across the North-east the number of diabetics increased to nearly 128,000 during 2011.

Being overweight, having a large waist, being aged plus 40, genetics, being from Black, Asian or ethnic minority communities are all factors which add combine to being susceptible to diabetes.
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