Celebrations in Bradford’s battle against Type 2 diabetes

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It’s a cause for celebration in Bradford’s battle against Type 2 diabetes as patients who have changed their lifestyle are recognised for their achievements.

Twenty six Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) patients from the city area, who have been on the intensive lifestyle change programme (ILCP), will attend a ‘graduation’ ceremony on 11 January to celebrate their success in tackling diabetes.

The patients, who were identified as being at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, have completed an ILCP course to support them in making changes to their lifestyle.

The BBD champions – a mix of volunteers, practice staff, health trainers and people who have previously worked as health champions – are committed to making sure people receive the right motivation and support, and have completed a training course to make sure they are delivering expert guidance and support to patients.

NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) started the BBD campaign, which has now been rolled out to the NHS Bradford Districts CCG area.

There are over 8,300 registered diabetic patients in the Bradford City area with an additional 8,700 people known to be at moderate or high risk of developing the most common type of diabetes: Type 2. There are potentially a further 29,000 people still at risk of developing diabetes.

Since the campaign got under way, there are now around 1,000 newly-diagnosed patients in the city. A further 15,000 patients have received a brief lifestyle intervention from their family doctor, while over 200 people, from across Bradford, have been enrolled on ILCP sessions.

The ILCP sessions, which cater for 10 to 15 people, are informal and friendly but with key messages about lifestyle changes including healthy eating and exercise – all of which will be aimed at preventing and delaying the onset of diabetes. These lifestyle changes also reduce the risk of developing other serious conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Dr Sohail Abbas, one of the clinicians leading the BBD campaign, said: “This is a really proud occasion for the campaign as it recognises the hard work and commitment of patients to help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

“We are seeing some excellent results – and this is down to local GPs and the ILCP groups working with patients to help them make changes that can keep them healthy, whether they already have diabetes or are at risk of developing it. The message is all about lifestyle change and the difference that can make, and I’m pleased that so many patients have got involved and seen the course through.”