On World Diabetes Day (14 November 2019), health organisations in Doncaster are calling for people to think about diabetes – how to prevent it and take control of it.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin due to an immune system attack which destroys the cells that produce it in the pancreas gland
- Type 2 diabetes – people are able to produce some insulin, but their bodies are unable to use this insulin to completely control blood sugar levels.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 and in the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
Unfortunately, there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of type 1 diabetes – but managing your diabetes is very important and can help people lead a healthy life.
In Doncaster, health and care organisations support the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, led by NHS England and NHS Improvement, which aims to reduce the number of people developing type 2 diabetes.
Local GPs are able to refer individuals with a borderline high blood sugar and at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes onto a dedicated prevention programme. Connecting likeminded people, the programme helps to raise awareness of positive lifestyle choices and how eating a healthy diet can help prevent people developing diabetes. In Doncaster alone, since its launch, almost 300 patients have been referred to the programme, with an average weight loss of half a stone.
During pregnancy, some women develop high levels of blood glucose where their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes. More often than not, gestational diabetes stops when women have given birth and blood sugars usually return to normal.
With all types of diabetes, it is very important to manage the condition and think about the condition seriously.
Local practices in Doncaster support thousands of patients to manage their diabetes effectively. Attending annual reviews and screening appointments help protect vital parts of your body.
Dr David Crichton, local GP and Clinical Chair, NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “World Diabetes Day is an important opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes and the impact it can have on people’s daily lives. Unfortunately diabetes is more common in Doncaster than other places and is on the increase, this is primarily due to our diets and the increase in obesity.
“Diabetes is a serious condition and people who are poorly controlled are at risk of developing complications such as reduced vision and poor circulation. However, if diagnosed early and treated well, people can lead a healthy, normal lifestyle.
Andrew Brankin, who manages the Community Specialist Nursing Diabetes Team for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) said: “Managing diabetes is very important and can help people lead a healthy life.
“Our specialist nurses work hard to support Doncaster residents who have this condition.”
Further information about diabetes can be found on NHS UK.