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One in 16 people in the UK now have diabetes. As well as being a national health concern, there are also many people in Bradford who either have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes:
- Type 1 - One in 10 people with diabetes have Type 1. This is caused by the body not producing insulin and not caused by being overweight. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Insulin injections are needed to manage Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented; however a healthy lifestyle will help people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to stay well.
- Type 2 - Nine in 10 people who have diabetes have Type 2. Type 2 is usually caused by lifestyle factors and in most people is preventable. It is caused when the body does not produce enough insulin and develops a resistance to the effects of insulin. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed later on in life and it could be years before you realise you have the condition. However, the condition is known to affect people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds at a younger age.
There are two main things that we are doing to help tackle the high rates of diabetes in Bradford:
- new models of care
- Bradford Beating Diabetes.