Leeds residents urged to be Type 2 Diabetes Aware

This week is Type 2 Diabetes Awareness Week and residents in Leeds are reminded that one in ten Leeds residents will be affected by diabetes – either because they have it already or are at high risk of developing it. Tens of thousands more know someone with the condition.

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Leeds residents urged to be Type 2 Diabetes Aware

This week is Type 2 Diabetes Awareness Week and residents in Leeds are reminded that one in ten Leeds residents will be affected by diabetes – either because they have it already or are at high risk of developing it. Tens of thousands more know someone with the condition.

Yet despite it becoming increasingly common, the condition can be hard to understand and difficult to talk about.
That’s why for Type 2 Diabetes Week this year (10-16 May), NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting a Diabetes UK campaign to help people know more about the condition add urge them to know the symptoms and seek medical advice if they have them.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood glucose (blood sugar) level to become too high, which can have serious health consequences. In Leeds, out of a population of around 800,000 people, approximately 44,000 people have diabetes, and a further 35,000 are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. People with African-Caribbean and South Asian ancestry are more than twice as likely develop the condition.

There are a number of types of diabetes, but the most common are type 2:

Type 2 diabetes is where the body tissues don’t react to insulin properly and over time the body produces less insulin too; 90% of adults with diabetes have this form of diabetes. For many people, type 2 diabetes can be prevented, or the onset significantly delayed by many years, by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and by exercising regularly.

Dr Bryan Power, Clinical Chair of Long Term Conditions at NHS Leeds CCG said: “There are several types of diabetes. Early symptoms of diabetes can include feeling very thirsty, needing to pass urine more often than usual, tiredness, unexplained weight loss and experiencing blurred vision. Some people don’t have any symptoms, so if you’re in a high risk group for type 2 diabetes because of your ethnic background or your weight and lifestyle, it’s a good idea to talk to a health care professional.

“Diabetes can have serious health consequences; however with careful management, people with the condition can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives.”

If you or someone you know is at risk of or has developed diabetes, there’s lots of help available in Leeds:

• You can find out your risk of getting type 2 diabetes at www.diabetes.org.uk/risk

• If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you can learn how to manage the condition through the LEEDS programme. These sessions are currently being delivered virtually or by phone. The sessions are available at a variety of times and days to suit all needs. To find out more or to book your place, please call 0113 843 4200 or visit www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/diabetesservice/the-leeds-programme

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a free personalised programme to help you with your weight, healthy eating and exercise. Speak to your GP practice team or self-refer via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool

• More information, including links to information resource and support, is available at www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/healthy-living/diabetes

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Issued by the communications team at NHS Leeds CCG. You can contact the team on 0113 84 35528 or 0113 84 35470. Alternatively please email us: leedsccg.comms@nhs.net