Bradford’s smokers urged to cut risk of diabetes by quitting their habit

Smokers in Bradford city are being urged to quit their habit during Stoptober to cut the risk of developing diabetes.

Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) is backing this year’s mass stop smoking campaign – Stoptober – to help reduce the number of people putting themselves at risk of Type 2 diabetes and many other serious and fatal diseases.

Research shows that stopping smoking for more than 28 days means you’re five times more likely to stop for good.

By signing up to Stoptober, people will receive a variety of free and proven support including packs, apps and emails to help them quit for 28 days and beyond.

The diabetes campaign has been run by NHS Bradford City CCG and is now expanding into NHS Bradford Districts CCG area – which means patients across Bradford will be able to benefit from the health campaign.

Dr Sohail Abbas, GP lead for diabetes at Bradford City CCG, said: “We’re backing Stoptober because smoking is a major risk factor for diabetes and its complications, especially heart problems as well as many other diseases. It’s a simple message: if you have diabetes and you smoke, you are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes.

“No matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control. If you are a smoker with diabetes, quitting smoking will benefit your health right away – people with diabetes who quit have better control of their blood sugar levels.”

Smoking is proven to be an independent risk factor for diabetes, and among diabetes patients it increases the risk of complications.

Diabetes complications already include heart disease, stroke and circulation problems. Smoking adds to the risk of developing all of these things.

In some cases smoking can double the likelihood of these conditions, as well as doubling the chances of suffering from kidney problems and erectile dysfunction. For patients with diabetes, the major cause of death is cardiovascular disease.

The start of Stoptober on 1 October coincides with the introduction of new legislation in England and Wales making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under the age of 18 present. The law is changing to protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Since the BBD campaign began almost two years ago in Bradford City, more than 12,000 people who are at risk of developing diabetes have taken part in the programme, 6,000 of whom have received lifestyle advice from their GP or healthcare team. A further 200 are taking part in a 12 month intensive lifestyle change programme to help prevent them developing the disease in the future.

By identifying those people who are at high risk of developing diabetes, it allows them to learn and adopt simple, effective health and lifestyle changes which will significantly reduce their chances of developing diabetes.

This support and awareness campaign has also allowed the correct care to be given to new diabetic patients while raising awareness of diabetes in the community as a whole.

Search Stoptober and sign up online. Face-to-face advice and support to quit smoking is also available from Bradford’s stop smoking service, which is on hand to provide tailored advice and hints and tips on how to quit. Call: 01274 437700 for more information.