Diabetes - Leeds Diabetes 2018


1. Introduction

Help shape the future of diabetes prevention & care in Leeds

We’re developing a new diabetes strategy for the city and we’d like to know what you think should be in it.

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. 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.

There are other types of diabetes too, but whatever type you have, or  if you care for or work with someone who has the condition, please take a few minutes to tell us about your experience. Your feedback will help us make sure we get the strategy right.