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With the number of people diagnosed with diabetes more than doubling in the last 20 years, we're being urged to keep on top of our health.

It's part of Diabetes Prevention Week which sees specialist sessions taking place across Hertfordshire.

At 'Dealing with Diabetes' in Letchworth Garden City, experts from Diabetes UK and local healthcare professionals will highlight the simple steps we can all take to avoid a diagnosis.

Dr Simon Chatfield works for the East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group: "Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes, and we already know that of the 36,000 people registered with GP practices in Letchworth more than 2,000 have diabetes. That is 1 person in every 18 who live in the town.

"There are ways to reduce your risk and potentially save an extra 10 years of your life. We want to help people by giving them advice on how to maintain a healthy weight, eat well, and keep active."

It comes as new figures show one person's diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every three minutes in England and Wales.

Diabetes UK says more than 202,000 people were told they had the condition in 2017. They have described it as "frightening" and says it's being fuelled by the obesity crisis.

  • There are two main types of diabetes:
  1. type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  2. type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.

 

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