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Seaham mum speaks of diabetes battle

jennifer mclean

7:33pm 27th February 2018
(Updated 7:36pm 27th February 2018)

New stats show the number of Wearsiders living with diabetes is above the national average.

Diabetes UK claims the number of people diagnosed with the condition nationally has doubled in 20 years.

The prevalence of diabetes in Sunderland is now at 7% - the national average is 6.6%.

Seaham mum Jennifer McClain was diagnosed at the age of 12 with Type 1 diabetes.

The 31-year old has a young son, James.

She tells Sun FM how it affects her and the people around her:

However, she's been able to make a difference. Jennifer is now a nurse in Sunderland after graduating from University.

Jennifer tells Sun FM that she's taking the positives out of it:

It's been revealed that the number of people living with diabetes in Sunderland is over 16,000.

According to Diabetes UK, the new figures show an increase of 965 on last year.

The Seaham mum tells Sun FM that she was shocked at the number of people diagnosed in Sunderland:

90% of cases in the UK are Type 2 - often linked with the rise in obesity - and is less serious than Type 1. 

Currently there is no cure for Type 1 but people diagnosed with Type 2 can combat the condition by making a change to their lifestyle.

She had this advice for people diagnosed with either type:

For more information head to the Diabetes UK website

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