A LEADING diabetes charity is urging locals to keep to their New Year’s resolutions to ward off increased threats of developing the illness in later life.
There are currently more than 8,000 people in Hastings and nearby Rother who are living with diabetes and 17,000 people who are registered as being obese – one of the main contributing factors to Type 2 diabetes.
Jill Steaton, of Diabetes, said: “Many people develop Type 2 diabetes because they are overweight or obese, so it’s incredibly worrying to see that obesity levels are continuing to rise.
“Diabetes is a serious condition which can lead to complications, such as blindness and amputation or a shortened life expectancy so if you made a resolution to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle this year make sure you stick to it.
“It could be the best thing that you ever do for your health.”