People across Southport and Formby are being urged not to ignore signs and symptoms this World Diabetes Day (14 November 2018).
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes the blood sugar level to be too high. Across Sefton, 6,500 are classed as being 'at risk' of developing type 2 diabetes - but it is preventable.
Dr Doug Callow, GP and diabetes lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It's really important that diabetes is diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.
The signs to look out for are:
Not being diagnosed or not managing diabetes properly once diagnosed can lead to serious health problems - heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, problems with your feet, blindness and problems with your kidneys. In women, it can also contribute to miscarriage and stillbirth.
Dr Callow added:
Provided by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, ‘Diabetes and You’ is a programme for people who have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. ‘Diabetes and More’ is for people who have been living with the condition for more than a year.
These sessions are free, informal and are a great way of meeting other people who are also keen to learn more about managing their condition and are designed to make living with diabetes as manageable for you as possible.
John Bennett, 65, who was diagnosed with diabetes several months ago said:
“I’m retired and I was a driver in my last job.
“I went to the GP for a 65 MOT and that’s when I learned that I had diabetes. I don’t have any symptoms and I was referred to the service via my GP.
Erin Foley from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Diabetes Education Team said:
The courses are held in various venues across Southport and Formby and at various timings throughout the day, including evenings and weekends. They’re designed to make living with diabetes as manageable for you as possible.
To find out more about these programmes or to book directly onto a course, contact the Diabetes Education Team on 01704 387271 or email lcn-tr.diabeteseducation@nhs.
To find out more about diabetes, visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes