News about diabetes and mental health continue to top the agendas for the media channels – and these are topics that talkhealth really cares about, too. Catch up with the health news in just 2 minutes.
Type 2 diabetes numbers rocket in under-25s
According to charity Diabetes UK there are now almost 7,000 under 25-year-olds who are being treated for type 2 diabetes. The figure, which was revealed by the National Diabetes Audit for 2016-2017, is more than ten times the number that was previously reported.
“Type 2 diabetes can be devastating for children and young people,” says Bridget Turner, director of policy and campaigns at Diabetes UK, in a BBC article. “We need to encourage healthy living by providing clear and easy to understand nutritional information about the products we are all buying, and protect children from adverts for foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar.”
Read the full story on the BBC website.
New study into psoriasis-diabetes link
For decades, researchers have known that having psoriasis increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, the connection has always been poorly understood. A research team from King’s College London is now investigating the link in an attempt to finally reveal the truth in the matter. Today, around 2% of people experience psoriasis.
Find out more on Medical News Today.
Did you know you can join the talkpsoriasis forum to discuss any issues you have, and share your tips and advice with others at any time. talkhealth will soon be launching a psoriasis support programme – you can sign up for it today.
Growing number of young women with a mental illness
A survey of more than 9,000 young people by NHS Digital has discovered that almost one in four young women currently have a mental illness. In the 17-19 age group, women are twice as likely as men to experience the condition, according to the research.
Dr Bernadka Dubicka, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, described the figure as “alarming”, while Anne Longfield’s, Children’s Commissioner for England, has warned there was a “vast gap” in mental health support in the NHS.
You can read the in-depth article, which includes a breakdown of the numbers and much more detail, on the BBC Health section. In a related article, the Guardian newspaper asks ‘why more young people have mental health problems?’.
Soon, talkhealth will be launching a new support programme for mental health. If you wish, you can sign up for it today.
Mayor of London bans junk food advertising
And finally, some breaking news this morning: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that a blanket ban on the advertising of junk food across London’s entire transport network will take effect from 25 February, 2019. Will this move spread to other parts of the country next year? Time will tell…
Catch up with this news on the Guardian’s website.
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