An ‘alarming’ increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Blackpool has sparked an urgent call to improve health in the resort.
Research by Diabetes UK shows there are 19,159 people living with diabetes on the Fylde coast, most of them in Blackpool.
It is vital people with diabetes receive good quality care wherever they live rather than them being at the mercy of a postcode lottery.Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK regional manager in the North of England
The latest figures show 7.4 per cent of adults living in the resort have been diagnosed with the condition – and the number is rising.
More than 1,000 people across the Fylde coast have been diagnosed since 2012 and experts say not enough is being done to help people manage the condition.
Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK regional manager in the North of England, said: “Over the past three years we have continued to see the number of people with diabetes in Blackpool rise at an alarming rate and these latest figures are a stark call and urgent call for action to tackle this serious health condition.
“It is vital people with diabetes receive good quality care wherever they live rather than them being at the mercy of a postcode lottery.”
There are 10,477 people in Blackpool with diabetes – up more than seven per cent since 2012 – and another 8,682 across Fylde and Wyre, an increase of almost six per cent.
Dr Amanda Doyle, chief clinical officer for Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Diabetes is a growing problem both locally and nationally. In Blackpool we have a strong focus on diabetes prevention and management which includes an education programme supporting patients to better understand and manage their condition.”
Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre CCG, said “We are looking to enhance existing diabetes education programmes for patients and also introduce community-based specialist clinicians to see people closer to their home.”
He said patients will be given help to better manage their own conditions.
Healthier living is needed to tackle worrying rise in diabetes cases
There are two type of diabetes.
It is estimated around one in ten sufferers have type one diabetes, which is not preventable.
Several factors can cause type two diabetes, which is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical exercise, but people are more likely to get it if they are overweight.
Diabetes UK says not enough is being done to educate people and ensure they are given the right checks to identify the problem.
Regional manager Stephen Ryan said: “Basic measures such as making healthy food cheaper and more accessible, introducing clearer food labelling and making it easier for people to build physical activity into their daily lives would have a profound influence.”