Find Out How You Really Are

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As a new rugby league and cricket season prepares to launch, the NHS in West Yorkshire is working with local clubs to encourage supporters to ‘Find Out How You Really Are.’ 

The new initiative encourages people to take steps to understand and reduce their risk of developing diabetes or experiencing a heart attack or stroke.

It’s estimated that approximately 300,000 people across the region are unaware that they have high blood pressure. Persistent high blood pressure can increase the risk of several serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions, including stroke.

Beyond the 300,000 people already diagnosed, it’s estimated that 300,000 more have it without knowing. In addition, 160,000 people in West Yorkshire have type 2 diabetes, and it’s estimated that 41,000 more have it but haven’t been diagnosed. People from Black African, African Caribbean and South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) backgrounds are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and from a younger age.

To help address this, NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) has worked with Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Halifax Panthers, Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) on a campaign that aims to increase the awareness of the risk factors for health conditions including diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Behind it are several local and national organisations including Diabetes UK, Stroke Association, Pumping Marvellous and Get Set Goal at the University of Huddersfield.

As part of the campaign, fans will be offered health screens, including blood pressure and pulse checks, at several fixtures over the coming season. To find out more visit