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Rise in diabetes in Hammersmith & Fulham

The figures were released during Diabetes Week and also saw a rise in other London boroughs

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The number of people with diabetes in Hamersmith & Fulham has risen, according to figures released by Diabetes UK.

The figures, extracted from official NHS data and published during Diabetes Week (June 14-20), show that there were 7,376 adults registered with diabetes in 2013-2014 - an increase of 2.28% compared to the previous year.

Diabetes UK is calling on the NHS to ensure people living with diabetes are provided with the education and support to manage their condition on a day to day basis effectively.

Figures released also show a rise in cases in Hounslow.

Roz Rosenblatt, London region manager for Diabetes UK, said: “Rising figures in some London boroughs may be due to the fact that initiatives such as NHS healthchecks means that doctors are finding people at risk earlier.

“While this is good news, we remain concerned at the rising numbers of people living with the condition and this makes access to the education which will help them manage their diabetes most effectively even more important.

“We must get better at offering education to people who are living with diabetes and help them to manage this serious, complex and often overwhelming condition. It is crucial that education is made available both at the point of diagnosis and beyond as the education needs of people already living with the condition can change over time.

“Along with providing better and more flexible education options, local health systems need to focus on increasing the proportion of people getting the 15 healthcare checks that everyone with diabetes should be receiving. Until we achieve these steps, we will continue to deny people living with diabetes of the best possible chance of living long and healthy lives.”

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