ALMOST 10 per cent of Portsmouth residents are at risk of Type 2 diabetes, a new study has found.
Research from Public Health England shows 16,252 people in Portsmouth – 9.4 per cent of the population – aged 16 and over have non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.
This means you have high blood glucose levels and is a big indicator you will go on to develop Type 2 diabetes, which is largely brought on by people’s lifestyles.
In Hampshire, 129,705, or 11.7 per cent of the population, is at risk of developing the condition.
The figures were put together by Public Health England’s National Cardiovascular Health Intelligence Network, and has been released with charity Diabetes UK.
Dr Richard Jones, who works at Queen Alexandra Hospital, is also clinical director of the Wessex Cardiovascular Network.
He said: ‘This is a western epidemic and we need to do what we can to put a stop to it.
‘Type 2 diabetes is mainly caused by having too much sugar, and sugar-rich foods and drinks.
‘Some people have advocated a tax on sugary foods, because after alcohol and tobacco it’s one of the most dangerous things to have too much of.
‘We need to make people aware of the consequences of high blood-sugar levels and of obesity.
‘We need to work with supermarkets and shops to reduce the temptations of these sugary foods and drinks.’
Developing diabetes can result to limb amputations as well as other major health problems.
Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘Having high blood glucose levels significantly increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke, and ultimately early death.
‘This is why it is really important people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are given support to reduce their risk.’