More than 15,000 people in Sunderland are living with diabetes, new figures show.
Statistics released by Diabetes UK say that the number of residents in the city with the condition has reached a record high of 15,324, an increase of 4% since 2012.
Over the past three years we have continued to see the number of people with diabetes in Sunderland rise at an alarming rate and these latest figures are a stark call and urgent call for action to tackle this serious health condition.Stephen Ryan
The news comes at the same time as the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has tipped over the 4million mark for the first time.
This includes the 3.5million adults who have been diagnosed, which is an increase of 119,965 compared to the previous year.
There are also thought to be 549,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes, but do not know as they have not yet been diagnosed.
Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK regional manager, said: “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.
“It is vital that we start seeing people with diabetes receive quality care wherever they live, rather than them being at the mercy of a postcode lottery.
“Equally, diabetes education needs to be readily available, and commissioned along with a local system that explains to people with diabetes the benefits they will gain from attending an education course, and ensures that courses are well run.”
As the number of people living with the condition continues to escalate, Diabetes UK is warning that the need for the NHS to commit to providing adequate care and diabetes education across the UK is more urgent than ever.
Until this happens it says large numbers of people will end up experiencing potentially-preventable diabetes-related complications such as blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/taking-control for more information.