There are at least 3.2million people diagnosed with diabetes in England. The number of prescriptions issued has risen by 73 per cent, from 31million ten years ago to 53million today.
Prescriptions are likely to have outstripped the growth in new patients because diabetics are now more severely ill than they used to be.
Did you know that the annual spend on the treatment of obesity and diabetes is greater than the amount spent on the police, the fire service and the judicial system combined?
So, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a nutritionist to work out that there must be something wrong with the advice does it?
The BBC reported this story as if it was all about gluttony and personal responsibility i.e. the usual clichéd response. They even had a man on their report who had had his leg amputated due to complications. He blamed himself for ignoring the Doctors but I am afraid that is only half of the story and self-blame and fat shaming, to use a dreadful term, is not going to cure this problem.
Personal responsibility and choices, and I include myself in this obviously, has a part to play but to blame obesity and type 2 just on that is outdated and simplistic.