Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes

Obese Adults Heading For Early Death or Amputation

It is a fact that in the United Kingdom the latest statistics show that almost 3% of the population are now classified as Obese.

Obesity has a direct connection to Diabetes Type 2 and in the UK it is at epidemic proportions.

The National Diabetes Audit data shows that in England, 90% of adults with type 2 diabetes aged 16-54 years were overweight or obese.

Diabetics have a higher risk of other health conditions namely cardiovascular disease, blindness, amputation, kidney disease and depression.

Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable loss of sight in England and Wales!

Diabetes is a major cause of early death in the UK.

In England, the dramatic rise of obesity in adults is leading on to a massive rise in Type 2 Diabetes.

Obesity is ONLY associated with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes accounts for at least 90% of all cases of Diabetes.

It occurs when the body either stops producing enough insulin or becomes resistant to the effect of insulin produced. The condition will always get worse. To slow that progression will need strict adherence to diet and exercise. Over time most people with type 2 diabetes will require oral drugs and or insulin.

The relationship between OBESITY and Type 2 Diabetes is so close, so proven that it is known that OBESE people have a 7 times more likelihood of developing Diabetes and the subsequent other conditions that come with it.

OBESITY in the UK has risen year on year since the 1990’s and is now heading for a predicted

5.5 million or 9.5% of the adult population by 2030.

If you are a woman with a waist size of 88Cm(34inches) and above and a male with a waist size over 102 Cm (40 inches) you are OBESE, no ifs or buts, you are 5 times more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than the rest of the population.

Many people with Type 2 Diabetes also have heart disease, however the additional risk also is of amputation and that risk is 337% more likely below the ankle and 222% for the major amputation of the limb above the ankle.

Child Obesity

The worrying trends of adult Obesity increases when the prevalence in children becomes part of the statistics. Children are classed as severely obese if their body mass index (BMI) is on or above the 99.6th centile of the British 1990 (UK90) growth reference.

This update shows:

  • in 2017 to 2018 2.4% of children aged 4 to 5 years and 4.2% of children aged 10 to 11 years were severely obese.
  • since 2006 to 2007 severe obesity among children aged 4 to 5 years has remained stable at around 2.3%. Severe obesity among children aged 10 to 11 years has shown an increase from 3.2% in 2006 to 2007 up to 4.2% in 2017 to 2018,

This is a very worrying trend when the children of the nation begin to track the disease of the adult population so early in life.

Exercise and dietary information must become part of the education curriculum with urgent effects.

Dramatic Prevention of Obesity is needed NOW.

This is a direct quote from the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

“Millions of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it. Even though the older people get the more likely they are to have Type 2 diabetes, it is never too early to know your risk so that you can make changes to prevent or delay it.” 

“The signs of Type 2 diabetes are often not obvious, that’s why spotting them early can be life-changing. Early diagnosis means that fewer people will experience diabetes-related complications such as sight loss, amputation, kidney failure, stroke, and heart disease, because they could seek support to manage their condition effectively as soon as possible.”

“We urge people over 40 to get an NHS Health Check and we advise everyone to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes with the Know your Risk tool.”

For more Dietary Information check out our article

By Brian George

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