People urged to ‘Know Diabetes Fight Diabetes’

Published on 09/06/2017 at 01:25pm

People in the Bradford district and Craven are being encouraged to know diabetes and fight it, as part of national Diabetes Week which kicks off on Sunday 11 June.

Over 35,000 people living in the area are diagnosed with diabetes. Nine in every ten people diagnosed with the condition have Type 2 diabetes which is preventable. That’s why the local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are supporting the campaign, run by Diabetes UK.

Diabetes UK are calling on people with the condition to talk about their experiences and share how they learned more about the condition, in a bid to inspire others to do the same and fight the disease. You can join the conversation throughout the week on social media using the hashtag #diabetesweek

Dr Sohail Abbas, clinical lead for diabetes, Bradford City CCG, said: “One in 16 people in the UK have diabetes. But it’s not just a national problem, there are also many people in the Bradford district who either have diabetes or are at risk of developing it.

“We hope that by supporting the campaign we will raise awareness and encourage people to find out more about the condition. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed if people look after their health and have access to the right support.

“Knowing about the condition and catching it early is important so that the condition can be managed much more easily through making lifestyle changes such as improving diet and exercising more.”

Dr Colin Renwick, GP executive. Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “Diabetes is a long term condition that can have many complications with circulation, vision, kidneys and nervous system problems being some of these. The earlier we can diagnose it and start effective treatment then the less chance of developing these conditions will be.  It is important that people with diabetes understand and share in the management of their condition with their health professionals.”

Some people are more at risk of developing diabetes than others, including; those who have a family history of diabetes; are overweight or have a large waist size; are not physically active; and people who are south Asian or African Caribbean.

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.

People who are concerned about diabetes can talk to their pharmacist or GP, or visit: www.betterhealthbradford.nhs.uk/BBD

More information about Diabetes Week can be found at: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/