Bradford GPs curry favour from local restaurants

The heat is on in Bradford to find the city’s healthiest curries in an attempt to beat diabetes.

During National Diabetes Week (June 8 to 14), clinicians involved in the Bradford Beating Diabetes campaign are challenging local restaurants to come up with a healthy version of the nation’s favourite dish.

Dr Adeel Iqbal, GP lead for long-term conditions at NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: Everyone loves curry but all too often it isn’t as healthy as it could be. But we are sure there are lots of talented chefs in Bradford’s busy restaurants who could come up with a healthier version which would be just as tasty and delicious.

“This would be great news for the many diabetic patients in the city and for those who are at risk of developing diabetes which we know can be controlled and even prevented in some cases, by a healthy diet and exercise.

“A healthier version of a traditional curry would also be good news for anyone with another long term condition or anyone who just wants to follow a healthy diet. The challenge is now on and we’re sure Bradford restaurants will rise to it.”

The Bradford Beating Diabetes campaign was launched by NHS Bradford City CCG in 2013 and aims to raise awareness of the disease and prevent people from developing it.

Already the campaign has identified more than 400 people with diabetes. Others who are known to be at high risk of developing diabetes have received letters from their GPs inviting them to attend an appointment for a blood test to better understand their risk and to find out what support can be offered to help prevent it.

A second batch of letters is due to go out shortly to invite even more people for GP appointments.

There are over 7,500 diabetic patients in the city area with an additional 5,700 people at moderate to high risk of developing the most common type of diabetes, Type 2.

Bradford restaurants who want to take part in the healthy curry challenge should email victoria.wallace@bradford.nhs.uk with their recipe ideas