Healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of diabetes


7571-2 People in Leeds are being encouraged to kick unhealthy habits to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

As part of National Diabetes Week 2016, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust is promoting the benefits of clean living to both existing diabetes suffers and non-sufferers.

Rachel Northen, team leader at the NHS-run Leeds Healthy Living Services said, “Whilst Type 1 diabetes is hereditary and cannot be prevented, up to 58 per cent of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives.  

“Stopping smoking, eating more healthily and cutting down on alcohol consumption can improve the health of those living with diabetes, and reduce the risk of developing diabetes related complications in the future. We want people to know that they are not alone when making these changes and our expert clinics are there to help support them make these healthier steps.”

There are 3.5million people in the UK who have been diagnosed with diabetes, with a further 549,000 who have the condition without knowing. A further 4,500 people are diagnosed with the condition each week according to Diabetes UK.  

Self-referral clinics run across the city with a range of appointment times available. Most clinics are free to attend with no need to go through your GP.

For more information or to book your place call 0800 1694219 or click here