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Increasing numbers of children and young people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Leeds

Leeds City Council is working on a new strategy to tackle the rising problem.

Health bosses in Leeds are pledging to do all they can to combat an increasing number of children and young people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The latest figures from the Leeds City Council and the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group show that about 100 under 25s have type 2 diabetes in Leeds.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition that causes blood sugar levels to become too high due to a problem in the body with a chemical called insulin.

If untreated, it can lead to serious health problems like heart disease, kidney disease and blindness.

The risk of developing type 2 is greatly increased by being overweight or obese.

On average in the Yorkshire region, 20.6 per cent of six year students were considered obese according to the Leeds-based NHS Digital's 2017/2018 National Child Measurement Program.

A Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group stated: "While Leeds currently has better than average figures for obesity in younger children, we recognize that this is not the case as they get older, which puts them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

"We already have a very successful prevention program in Leeds but recognize that we can still do more. Over the summer, we worked with health professionals, specialized voluntary sector organizations, people with diabetes, their families and careers to develop a new five-year diabetes strategy. "

Carol Bacon, a children's Diabetes Nurse Specialist at the Leeds Children's Hospital, said: "The Leeds Children and Young People's Diabetes Service provides medical, nursing, dietetic and psychological support to children and young people (0-19 years of age) with diabetes.

As one of the largest pediatric diabetes services in the UK, our specialist team takes care of over 450 young patients, from diagnosis to long-term follow-up, with the aim of achieving the best long-term health outcomes for our young patients. We have developed a special service for children and young people with type 2 diabetes.

As children and young people with type 2 diabetes are characteristic overweight, we help children and young people understand the importance of changing lifestyle and setting goals around healthy eating, weight loss and keeping active. "

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