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Harrow has highest percentage of Type 2 diabetes risk in England

The recent study found that 14% of Harrow residents are at risk of Type 2 diabetes

Harrow has been found to have the highest percentage of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes in England.

Public Health England (PHE) revealed that 14% of Harrow residents are at risk of Type 2 diabetes, representing an estimate of 27,935 people aged 16 and over in the borough who have high blood sugar levels or non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.

The organisation found that 5m people in England are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

The new report fro PHE revealed that in most parts of the country, more than one in 10 adults are at risk of Type 2 diabetes, and in some regions the risk is around one in seven.

The data is broken down by local authority for the first time ever, ranging from 8.5% of people in Brighton and Hove being at risk to 14% in Harrow.

The report comes as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) published new NHS guidelines on managing diabetes in adults and children.

Its recommendations include same-day referrals of children and young people with suspected Type 1 diabetes to a specialist team to confirm diagnosis and provide immediate care.

It also called for better foot care for all people with diabetes to cut the risk of amputation.

Rachel Berrington, diabetes specialist nurse and Nice guideline developer, said: "Diabetic foot problems are serious, and if not managed appropriately they can lead to minor or major amputations and even death.

"Mortality rates after diabetic foot ulceration and amputation are high, with up to 70% of people dying within five years of having an amputation and around 50% dying within five years of developing a diabetic foot ulcer."

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