FRESH figures have shown an alarming rise in the number of people in the Portsmouth area living with diabetes.
Across Hampshire more than 4,500 adults have been diagnosed with the condition in the last two years, taking the total number of diabetics in the county to 77,642.
Figures released by health charity Diabetes UK have revealed that Fareham and Gosport has seen a surge in new diagnoses in adults since 2013, with 889 new cases in the area – one of the highest rises in the UK.
While Portsmouth has also seen a spike in the number of diabetics living in the city, with 9,901 people now diagnosed with the condition – 646 more than in 2013.
The revelation comes as Diabetes UK unveiled the number of diabetics in the UK has topped the four million mark for the first time.
The charity’s research, based on information provided by GPs, shows that 3.5million adults are now diabetics – 119,965 compared to the previous year.
However, the charity bosses said this could be just the tip of the iceberg, warning there could be as many as 549,000 people unaware they are suffering from Type Two diabetes.
Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘With four million people in the UK now living with diabetes, the need to tackle this serious health condition has never been so stark or so urgent.
‘Tragically, we are continuing to see too many people with diabetes suffering serious complications, and even dying before their time, and 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.’
In Hampshire there are 2,417 more than the previous year and an extra 4,676 people have been diagnosed in Hampshire since 2012/2013.
It saw a rise from 9,347 to 10,557 two years later – 6.45 per cent of all adults.
Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had the highest proportionate increase in the region at more than 12 per cent ranking it 11th highest in the country.
It’s gone from 9,347 diagnosed diabetics in 2012/2013 to 10,557 in 2014/2015 meaning that a 6.45 per cent of all adults in the area have the condition.
While overall Portsmouth CCG had a rise of 5.57 per cent, from 9,255 in 2012/2013 to 9,901 people in 2014/15.
Fareham and Gosport CCG has explained that the figure reflected some of its work to improve and increase diagnosis rates.
It added that it had also been working on other schemes like a diabetes working group across all NHS services to improve the overall quality of care.
Other parts of the county have also shown a sharp spike in the number of those living with the condition.
South Eastern Hampshire CCG has rise from 10,271 adults diagnosed with diabetes in 2012/2013 to 11,147 in 2014/2015 - 6.5 per cent of the adult population.
While West Hampshire CCG has gone from 22,866 in 2012/2013 to 23,916 adults in 2014/2015 - 5.35 per cent.
Southampton City CCG has risen from 11,545 in 2012/2013 to 12,092 in 2014/2015 - 5.48 per cent.
North Hampshire CCG has gone from 9,682 in 2012/2013 to 10,029 in 2014/2015 - 5.72 per cent.
For information on how to manage diabetes, see the charity’s website, here.