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Doctor issues warning about lack of awareness as diabetes reach record high in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 12:04 06 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:04 06 January 2016

Retired GP Sudarshan Kapur, 76, at a fundraising lunch for Breast Cancer UK at Tabla restaurant in Ilford last year. Photo: Ellie Hoskins

Retired GP Sudarshan Kapur, 76, at a fundraising lunch for Breast Cancer UK at Tabla restaurant in Ilford last year. Photo: Ellie Hoskins

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A retired GP spoke out on Tuesday about the lack of diabetes awareness among specific groups of people in the borough and the worrying increase of diagnoses.

A nurse giving a patient a diabetes test, as new figures show that the number of people with diabetes in the UK has topped four million for the first time. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA ImagesA nurse giving a patient a diabetes test, as new figures show that the number of people with diabetes in the UK has topped four million for the first time. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

The warning comes in the wake of figures which show a steady three-year rise, particularly among the south Asian population.

Retired GP, Dr Sudarshan Kapur, 76, of The Drive, South Woodford explained why she thinks numbers are going up despite the condition being common knowledge.

“People are not getting the message,” she said. “We need more road shows to educate people, more publicity, more on the TV.”

Figures provided by Helen Riley, spokeswoman for national charity Diabetes UK, show for 2014/15 18,178 people in Redbridge were diagnosed with diabetes compared to 16,881 people in 2012/13.

The latest figures show 7.95 per cent of the borough’s population are living with the condition and represents a 5.3pc rise over three years.

London has the highest growth than the 5.9pc increase seen across England during the last three years and Redbridge has the fourth highest prevalence across the 32 London boroughs.

Dr Kapur said she will be speaking on Nu Sound Radio, an Asian radio network, based in Forest Gate, to highlight the problem.

“The problem is we are telling people who already know, we need to catch the people who don’t.” She said.

Data provided by Diabetes UK also show that the number of people living with the condition has tipped the four million mark nationally.

There is also thought to be at least 549,000 people with Type 2 diabetes who have not yet been diagnosed.

“It’s dangerous, very dangerous,” said Dr Kapur.

“Diabetes can lead to heart problems, strokes, cancers, hypertension. People have to change their lifestyle,” she added.

“Where diet is concerned, people should eat a mixture of vegetables and fresh fruit and lower carbohydrate and sugar intake.”

Christine Potts of the Ilford and District Diabetes UK Group, which meet the first Tuesday every month at 7.45pm at Valentines Mansion, in Emerson Road, Ilford, says the group is working with other health professionals to put on awareness days.

“We will be holding a Living with Diabetes Day on March 8 at the Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent,” she said.

“Roadshows will also be calling into Redbridge on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 July.

For more information visit ilford-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org/


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