Why Leicester?

In 2017, Leicester became the first UK and the third European city to join the global programme. Leicester was selected on a number of criteria, including the strength of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, who is leading the work; having an ethnically and culturally diverse population; and as a city, it is both passionate and motivated in supporting its community members to help prevent type 2 diabetes and support those who live with it on a daily basis.

Leicester is home to one of the largest populations of people with diabetes in the UK, with around 9% of residents diagnosed with the condition – well above the national average. Of those, 93% have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which translates to approximately 28,500 people in Leicester living type 2 diabetes.  Based on screening data, it is thought there are a further 6,600 who are living with diabetes, but not yet been diagnosed.

 

Leicester was announced as the first UK city to join the Cities Changing Diabetes network in autumn 2017. The Leicester Diabetes Centre, based at the Leicester General Hospital is leading the work in Leicester alongside key stakeholders such as The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health, Leicester City Council, Leicester’s sports clubs amongst others.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is Europe’s largest diabetes facility and is responsible for world-leading clinical research, evidence-based education and cutting-edge innovation.  As a partnership and collaboration between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the University of Leicester, with strong links to local City Commissioning Groups, the Centre is uniquely placed, bringing together clinical care, primary care and academia.

 
 

 

Leicester’s population

50% of people in leicester identify themselves as being of white ethnicity

37% of people in leicester identify themselves as being of south asian ethnicity

70 languages and/or dialects spoken in the city

20th most deprived region in England

Leicester is an ethnically and culturally diverse city in the heart of England.  Of the city’s approximate 348,000 population, 50% identify themselves as being of white ethnicity, compared with an average of 87% across the rest of the UK.  The remainder of Leicester’s population is made up of a range of ethnic identities.

There are more than 70 languages and/or dialects spoken in the city including English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Somali, Urdu, Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, and Polish.

Leicester City has a large socio-economic spectrum, with areas of both wealth and severe deprivation, and is currently ranked as the 20th most deprived region in England.

The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health works to address the health inequalities in health care access and health outcomes locally and nationally by using community-based research staff who engage with seldom heard communities and inspire community-led research. Working alongside the Centre for BME Health, we hope to engage with all our communities of Leicester.

 

 

Leicester’s environment

Leicester City has 13 large parks

Leicester City has 31 outdoor gyms

800 runners and walkers every Saturday at park run

Home to Europe’s largest outdoor market

Within its urban setting, Leicester City has 13 large parks, many smaller parks and gardens, 31 outdoor gyms and the river and canal watersides which are the ideal setting for health-related activities.  Leicester is also home to Europe’s largest outdoor market selling a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables amongst other produce.

Leicester’s sport scene is thriving, being home to four top sports teams including Leicester Tigers, Leicester City FC, Leicester Riders and the Leicestershire County Cricket Club. The council also commissions or provides a range of lifestyle services to support healthy lifestyles as well as running leisure centres across the city.

 

 

Leicester’s diabetes problem

9% of people in leicester have been diagnosed with diabetes

6.4% of people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes

55% adults overweight/obese

6.4% of people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes

Leicester is home to one of the largest populations of people with diabetes in the UK, with around 9% of residents diagnosed with the condition – well above the national average. This equates to over 28,000 people with a clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Based on research in the city, there is an estimated 16,700 adults have pre-diabetes and a further 6,600 estimated to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. There are also a high proportion of the population who have risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the city give cause for concern.