Diabetes – Developing a diabetes strategy for Leeds

Lead: Citywide

Period: 9th Jul 2018 - 8th Oct 2018

The NHS in Leeds is asking people what they’d like to see in a new diabetes strategy for the city.

The strategy will outline plans to reduce the number of people in Leeds who develop the condition and identify everyone who has it, while also looking at how we can support people with diabetes to live a fulfilling life.

There are currently around 44,000 people in Leeds with diabetes and a further 32,000 at high risk of developing it. By 2034, it’s estimated that 1 in 10 people will have the condition.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition where a person’s blood sugar level is too high. It is a leading cause of preventable sight loss and amputation and a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

There are two main forms:

Type 1 diabetes is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Approximately 10% of adults and 90% of children with diabetes will have type 1. Onset of Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.

Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. 90% of adults with diabetes have this type but it can often be prevented.

Dr. Bryan Power, clinical lead for long-term conditions at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a GP at Vesper Road surgery, said:

We’re seeing more and more people under 40, including children, developing type 2 diabetes. That’s a real worry because as well as the impact it has on everyday life, it can also have some very serious complications.

It’s a worry too because we currently spend around £87million each year in Leeds treating those complications. If diabetes, in particular, type 2, continues to increase as predicted, treating it may account for 15% of our total budget by 2030. That’s a huge amount to be spending on a condition which can often be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight and being more active.

“In Leeds, we already have very successful prevention programmes for type 2 diabetes and have developed new models of care that are helping prevent patients from developing complications, but we want to do more. We want to be the city where diabetes diagnoses decrease rather than increase, and we want to provide the best possible treatment and care for people with the condition.”

This engagement is now closed. We have received over 600 responses to our survey. The engagement report is being written up and will be available on this page by the end of November 2018.