The heavier people get, the more likely they are to become yet another statistic in the rising numbers of people afflicted with diabetes. The UK is showing that very clearly right now, with its latest figures revealing how there has been a 50 percent increase in diabetic sufferers since 2006. Indeed, just in the last year figures have risen by close to 120,000 according to Britain’s not-for-profit organization, Diabetes UK.
Big Bodies, Big Bucks
Apart from the danger element, this is costing the country a fortune. Indeed, the country’s National Health System, the NHS, (a government-based health organization that has to provide free health care for all), is now spending a staggering £9billion (nearly $14.5billion) per annum on treating its diabetic patients. This amounts for nearly a tenth of its entire budget which is really way too much. Of course, when it is a case of a genetic disorder (Type 1), then it is not under the person’s control or diet-related. But in the UK it seems that these patients draining the NHS finances are suffering from Type 1. Indeed, a staggering 90 percent of UK diabetic sufferers have Type 2. What is equally worrying is the increasing amount of children – now up to 1,400 – being diagnosed with Type 2. In the past, this was more-or-less only seen in adults.
It really seems to be an issue of carrying around excess weight that is resulting in this huge increase in the disease which leads to a greater risk of heart problems, strokes, eye issues and more. It’s unfortunate since so much progress is being made on the treatment of life-threatening diseases that are less within our control (such as cancer) at a time that more of us are doing this to ourselves, somewhat unnecessarily. Clearly education is needed on how to combat this issue so people do not suffer or prematurely die, unnecessarily.