Diabetes letters hit Bradford homes

People living in the Bradford city area are being urged to look out for letters inviting them to get checked for diabetes at their GP surgery.

The letters, part of phase one of the Bradford Beating Diabetes (BBD) campaign, are inviting those people who have been identified in the last 12 months as at moderate to high risk of developing diabetes to go and see their GP. At the appointment each person will be asked to take a blood test.

The test will show if they are still at moderate to high risk, if their risk has decreased or whether they have developed diabetes. Depending on the results, they will then be offered a range of help, advice or treatment to keep them well and prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. If they have diabetes already, patients will be given a follow-up appointment to help with the management of the disease and to prevent future complications.

 A total of 2,192 people will receive this letter in the Bradford City area.

Since Bradford City CCG launched Bradford Beating Diabetes last November, 250 people have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the area. Type 2 is the commonest form of the condition and is often developed later in life. But it can be controlled through lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and following a healthy diet.

By sending out these letters and raising awareness of diabetes, Bradford City CCG hopes to prevent people from developing the condition, as well as diagnosing people earlier to gain better control of the symptoms.

Dr Kulpana Patel, a Bradford Beating Diabetes Clinical Champion said: “Diabetes is on the rise nationally but is particularly prevalent in the Bradford City area, so it is a key priority for the CCG. We want to prevent as many people as possible from developing diabetes. By giving people help and advice to make small changes to their diet and lifestyle they can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

“The letter and GP visits are the first step for people. Additional support will be offered through the newly-appointed BBD champions who will work within their communities, running Intensive Lifestyle Change Programme (ILCP) sessions, which provide specialist help and advice on how to prevent or control diabetes.”

For more information about diabetes, visit: www.diabetes.org.uk