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Diabetic numbers up on last year

Diabetic numbers up on last year

Around 145,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes over the last 12 months, the Department of Health says.

Type 2 diabetes - traditionally linked to obesity, a lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet - remains the most common form of the condition, affecting more than 90% of sufferers.

Now experts say they may push for the introduction of weight reduction surgery as a way to tackle the epidemic.

Professor Nick Finer, chair of Experts in Severe and Complex Obesity, said: "On World Diabetes Day we should be focusing on the ever-increasing population of those with type 2 diabetes that is linked to severe obesity.

"Type 2 diabetes management is long term, but when linked to severe obesity, there are treatment options that could not only put type 2 diabetes into remission but bring those with a BMI of over 35 into a healthy weight category that can be sustained."

Studies have shown that over 90% of patients with type 2 diabetes who had surgery found their condition improved.

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