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NHS: Two million people at risk for type 2 diabetes
The UK health agency recently released the latest statistics showing that the number of people in England at increased risk of type 2 diabetes has reached an unprecedented record high. A similar development can also be expected for Germany.
The National Health Service UK (NHS) recently published current figures on diabetes in England. According to data from family practices, almost two million British people are in a prediabetic condition with hyperglycaemia. This condition is associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes wave is rolling
According to the NHS, the problem will continue to increase in the coming years, since diabetes is also favored by being overweight, the incidence of which is also increasing continuously.
Comprehensive countermeasures prevention program
As a countermeasure, the NHS announced the world's first comprehensive diabetes prevention program to identify people at high risk of diabetes. Afterwards, the people affected should be supported in leading a healthier lifestyle.
Health agency prescribes liquid food
The measures also include a monitored three-month low-calorie diet, in which patients only receive liquid food with around 800 calories per day. This is intended to achieve remission of type 2 diabetes. Afterwards, those affected are supported for nine months in building a lifestyle in which the weight loss achieved can be maintained. The program is now being tested on 5,000 subjects.
Get your health under control in small steps
"For two million people there is a risk that they will be included in the growing number of people who suffer from largely preventable type 2 diabetes," emphasizes NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens in a message from the health authority. The world's leading diabetes prevention program, the NHS, could help hundreds of thousands of people get their health under control in small, sensible steps.
Diabetes cases will increase sharply
Projections by the NHS show that the growing number of people with diabetes in England could lead to an additional 39,000 people with a heart attack and over 50,000 people with a stroke in 2035. Every sixth hospital bed is already occupied by a diabetic.
Seven warning signs of diabetes
In fact, most people only know that they have type 2 diabetes after the disease has progressed. The following early warning signs should therefore not be ignored so that countermeasures can be taken as early as possible.
- Frequent toilet visits: If you have to go to the bathroom frequently, especially at night, this is a sign that your blood sugar level may be out of balance.
- Urinary tract or yeast infections: With high blood sugar, the kidneys no longer filter as well. As a result, more sugar gets into the urine, which can promote urinary tract and yeast infections in the warm and moist environment of the bladder.
- Belly overweight: Obesity, which is characterized by fat accumulation in the abdominal area, is considered a risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes.
- Eyesight deteriorates: High blood sugar can distort vision and worsen eyesight. An increasing deterioration in eyesight can therefore be a sign of diabetes.
- Fatigue and exhaustion: Several processes related to diabetes promote constant fatigue and exhaustion. This is partly due to increased dehydration due to frequent urination, sleep disorders and kidney damage.
- Skin discoloration: Insulin resistance can cause dark skin discolouration (Acanthosis nigricans) in the neck folds or around the ankles.
- blood values: Elevated triglyceride levels (blood lipids) and low HDL cholesterol levels can also indicate existing or impending type 2 diabetes.
For more information on the condition, see the article: Diabetes - Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment. (vb)
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This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek