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01/04/19

Bradford residents urged to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes

1,000 people in Bradford diagnosed with type 2 each year

Bradford residents are being urged to eat healthily and be more active in order to help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes during Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April 2019).

Over the next 10 years it is estimated that over 11,000 people in Bradford will be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The disease can lead to other serious conditions including strokes, heart disease, limb amputations and early death.

Treating diabetes and its complications costs over £6 billion every year and one in six patients in hospital has diabetes. Around nine out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which is closely linked to obesity and yet is largely preventable by eating healthily, being more active and losing weight.

GPs and other healthcare professionals in Bradford are using Diabetes Prevention Week, which starts today, to urge residents to find out if they are at risk and take action to improve their future health.

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The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is a free local service for those who are at risk of type 2 diabetes. The programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle changes, including education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes.

Since its launch in October 2017, over 3,500 people have already been referred onto the programme in Bradford, with over 40% taking up the offer.

Dr Waqas Tahir, a local GP and chair of the NDPP working group coordinated by NHS Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs said: “For some time, diabetes has been one of the biggest health challenges we face in Bradford and around 1,000 people are newly diagnosed in our district each year; that’s almost three people every day.

“There are small steps we can all take to reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and taking care of ourselves we can avoid the condition and see a happier and healthier Bradford. The local sessions we offer as part of the diabetes prevention programme provide help and support with this.”

Sessions are held in local community settings, across a range of times and days of the week and in several languages to make sure they’re easily accessible for all local communities.

Dr Tahir added: “National Diabetes Prevention Week is a great opportunity for our GP surgeries to focus on raising awareness of the risks of diabetes. Particular groups have a higher risk of developing the condition, including those who are overweight, those with a family history of the disease, those from a South Asian, Black African or Caribbean background and those who are over 40 (or 25 if you’re South Asian).

“You can find out if you’re at risk by visiting the Diabetes UK risk checker on their website here, and if you’re concerned, please speak to your local GP, practice nurse or other healthcare professional. They’ll be able to check if you’re eligible to take part in the NHS National Diabetes Prevention Programme and can provide information on support on managing the condition or reducing your risk of developing it.

You can check to see if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes at on the Diabetes UK website

You can also find out more about the NHS National Diabetes Prevention Programme on the NHS England website or search for #PreventingType2 on social media.

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