A week of events is being held across the district to raise awareness of diabetes.

Activities, including health checks and information highlighting symptoms and risk factors related to the condition, are being staged by NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds.

Two free drop-in sessions have already taken place in Bradford and another is organised for today at the Sangat Community Centre, in Marlborough Street, Keighley, from 10.30am to 3pm.

The events are targeting areas where prevalence of type 2 diabetes is high to boost early detection and treatment.

An estimated 32,000 people in the Bradford district have diabetes and of those, more than 7,000 will be unaware of it.

If left untreated the condition can lead to life-threatening complications such as kidney failure and heart disease.

Mehzar Iqbal, community engagement worker with NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds, said: “Diabetes can’t be cured but it can be controlled when it has been detected.”