NEW analysis by Diabetes UK shows the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Birmingham and Solihull has increased from 105,526 to 108,428 since last year.
The figures show that 4.3 million people are now living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK, with approximately 90 per cent of the cases being type 2.
Diabetes UK estimates there are an additional 850,000 people living with diabetes who are yet to be diagnosed, bringing the overall UK-wide figure beyond the five-million mark.
Peter Shorrick, Head of Midlands and East at Diabetes UK said: “Diabetes is serious, and every diagnosis is life changing. It’s a relentless condition, and the fear of serious complications is a lifelong reality for millions of people across the UK.
“These latest figures show we’re in the grip of a rapidly escalating diabetes crisis, with spiralling numbers of people now living with type 2 diabetes and millions at high risk of developing the condition.
“But it doesn’t have to be this way. With the right care and support, cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or put into remission. What we need to see is the will, grit and determination from Government and local health leaders to halt this crisis in its tracks and improve the future health of our nation for generations to come.”
Signs and symptoms of diabetes include the 4Ts of toilet (going for a wee a lot, especially at night), thirsty (being really thirsty), tired (feeling more tired than usual) and thinner (losing weight without trying).
People can learn their personal risk of type 2 diabetes by using Diabetes UK’s free, online Know Your Risk tool.
Visit diabetes.org.uk for more information.