The new Health Survey for England (HSE) by the National Center for Social Research (NatCen) and UCL research experts estimate that the diabetes type 2 cases have increased by three folds between 1994 and the year 2019.
This new report investigates the data obtained from 8,200 individuals including 2000 children all of which live in private housing. The results of this survey reveal that the number of diabetic patients has increased since 1994. This increase is 6% in men 4% in women.
They also came up with this unique thing that diabetes cases are more prevalent in low-income households and those suffering from obesity. For example, nearly 16% of the low-income group were identified with diabetes and it was only 9% among the higher income groups.
Adult patients with diabetes increased from 5% to 9% of average weight people and up to 15% in those who are obese. In addition to this, this report also highlights the impact of people living in deprived areas who are more subjected to obesity.
This increase is more significant in women as 39% of the women from these deprived areas were found way over a healthy weight. This risk was only 22% among women who lived in least-deprived regions.
It also revealed a shocking association between child obesity and parental association. According to this study, the risk of obesity in children was much higher if one or both of their parents were either overweight and/or obese.
Diabetes type 2 has spread to all parts of the world irrespective of their income level and socioeconomic conditions. It is now common in low-income families as well as high-income households.
The evidence on how diabetes type 2 increases the risk for certain diseases such as heart diseases and cancer is already available. There is no doubt that this widespread diabetes is a leading health concern.
This year when the whole world was caught by the tension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was observed that diabetic patients were among one of the most high-risk groups. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) already warned diabetic patients to take extra care, as the risk of coronavirus was much higher for them as compared to others.
As diabetes and obesity often co-exist, the pandemic has played an eye-opening role for people to prioritize their health. This is the only way to get a hold of rising diabetes cases.
This survey also conducted information regarding GP consultations. Surprisingly, 69% of men and up to 82% of women tried contacting a GP within the last 12 months. Typically, such consolations are common in old age patients or obese people. But 84% of people shared that their reason to contact a GP was for a physical health examination. Only 5% of these people contacted a GP for mental health issues and 11% for a combination of problems.
This report also writes that mental health issues are much more common in low-income families. Additionally, this report mentions health behavior, and information regarding the profession, diet, and eating disorders.