Most people would be surprised to know that in the UK around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.
In Leeds 32,391 have been identified as being at risk of developing diabetes and 42,746 people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) identifies those at high risk of diabetes and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.
It’s a shock when you first find out you are at risk of diabetes, but there is a lot of information and support to help you to make some lifestyle changes so that you can reduce your risk. And even at Christmas there is still a lot you can do and still enjoy yourself. Continue reading
Dementia can bring stereotypes. Many people have preconceptions about what a person with dementia can and can’t do. You can’t work, you can’t go out alone, you can’t do new things. Yet I know a group of people who might surprise you. Sarah Goodyear, Dementia Friendly Leeds Campaign Officer, Leeds Older People Forum talks about the DEEP group in her guest blog. Continue reading
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Some people might not consider the everyday impact that a glass of wine here or a pint of beer there may have on their relationships. You don’t have to be a problem drinker for drinking to cause problems. Not just for yourself but for your family. Alcohol Awareness Week runs from November 13-17 and this year the theme is alcohol and families.
Children are easily affected by their parents drinking. Missed trips to a park on Sunday because of a hangover from Saturday night. Perhaps watching their parents arguing after a few drinks. Even just witnessing Mum or Dad reaching for a drink as a “cure” for a bad mood. These are all things that can have an effect on a child or young person and the way in which they see the world. Bill Owen, Early Intervention and Prevention Manager for Forward Leeds, the alcohol and drug service, reveals more about why this week is so important.