British Dietetic Association response to British Heart Foundation forecast showing possible 'sharp rise’ in heart attacks and strokes by 203523 August 2018
New research from the British Heart Foundation has shown that the number of people suffering strokes or heart attacks is likely to rise by as much as 29% due to growing rates of diabetes. This is a sobering reminder of the urgent need to tackle the challenge of preventable type 2 diabetes and continue to support those with incurable type 1 diabetes.
Dr Duane Mellor, BDA Communications Director, called for more support for diabetes services.
“Investment now will help prevent much higher acute costs later, as poorly managed diabetes can have significant long term complications, including heart attacks and strokes as discussed in this study. Losing weight and improving diet continue to be the single biggest factors, in preventing or controlling type 2 diabetes, and there is not one single way of doing this.
"Dietitians help thousands of patients with education and advice, to find the best way they as individuals can improve their health. However, as the numbers of people with diabetes continues to grow it will get harder to support them. So it is vital diabetes prevention and public health measures, which dietitians are best placed to deliver, are invested in to help people already living with diabetes and prevent it developing in those at risk of type 2 diabetes.
“For people with type 1 diabetes, dietitians provide support and education to help them manage their condition. This is why we need the government to fund more support services for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including dietetic services.”
Find out more information about how diabetes specialist dietitians can help in our key fact sheet.
You can find the latest evidence-based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of diabetes - written by diabetes specialist dietitians - on the Diabetes UK website.