The number of people with diabetes in Southwark has risen by more than ten per cent in recent years, the biggest increase in any London borough.
13,484 people now suffer from the condition in Southwark – more than the total average attendances at Millwall FC last season.
The 10.44% rise, while startling, may actually be good news according to Southwark’s medical community.
Dr Jonty Heaversedge, GP and Chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said the increase was the result of substantial investment into diagnosing the condition in Southwark.
He said: “These figures reflect the positive impact of a number of local initiatives and brilliant work of Southwark GPs to increase diagnosis rates and support people with diabetes.
“In Southwark we offer all people newly diagnosed with diabetes a range of support and services to help them to live full and active lives.”
Southwark was chosen as one of just seven areas in the country to help shape a new diabetes prevention programme. It was the only London borough selected earlier this year due to its plans to build on its ‘Walking Away from Diabetes’ programme – an educational scheme that teaches people how to reduce the risk of diabetes.
Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure, said: “This shows how important our health checks are in identifying people with diabetes early, and those at risk, and helping them either walk away from it or successfully manage it so they can lead healthier lives. I would encourage all those eligible to take up their free health check.”