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Research by HealthExpress has revealed that an estimated one million Brits think you can ‘catch’ diabetes from other people.
Along with this surprising statistic, the survey also uncovered some of the nation’s most unhealthy habits, which may indicate why the condition is becoming so prevalent in the UK. Diabetes affects nearly three million British people, and up to one million others could be living with the condition without knowing it.
HealthExpress Medical Advisor, Dr Hilary Jones, has been looking into how much the country knows about diabetes. In the video below he explains more about the condition and how it can be prevented and managed.
You can hear more from Dr Hilary on our Diabetes Risk Factors campaign page, including an explanation of the ‘Four Ts’ – the tell-tale signs of diabetes – which are Toilet, Thin, Thirsty and Tiredness.
Consuming large amounts of sugar, being overweight and not exercising enough can increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. With the traditionally indulgent Christmas season getting underway, it’s particularly important that people across the country are aware of the risks an unhealthy lifestyle can pose to their health.
Dr Hilary is speaking out after our survey showed that over a quarter of British people are eating at least one chocolate bar every day, while the same number admit to drinking more than three cups of tea or coffee with sugar a day.
The study of 2,000 people also shows nearly one in five are drinking at least one alcoholic drink every day, and a quarter admit they never exercise.
According to the poll, 37% believe the condition is only something overweight people have, while nearly one in ten don’t think they’ll get it because diabetes ‘doesn’t run in their family’.
In light of the new research, Dr Hilary been exploring the results in more detail and is providing help and advice on what can be done to reduce your chances of developing diabetes.
If you’d like to find out more about the symptoms and prevention of diabetes, as well as how you can manage the condition if you have already been diagnosed, visit our Diabetes information page.
Written by Nicola Beckett.