Durham and Darlington patients can learn more about type 2 diabetes when the NHS visit Durham City Centre for World Diabetes Day on November 14.
There are estimated to be more than four million people living with type two diabetes in the United Kingdom, many without a diagnosis. There are more than 38,000 people across County Durham and Darlington affected by diabetes.
Type two diabetes is caused when an individual’s body cannot produce enough insulin, which leads to high blood sugar levels. Common symptoms include feeling very thirsty, passing urine frequently and tiredness.
Now NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG (DDES CCG),North Durham CCG, NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust (CDDFT), are working together with Diabetes UK to make patients aware of the signs of type two diabetes to look out for and the lifestyle changes which can help prevent the condition.
On November 14 there will be an NHS stand in the market place in Durham City Centre with a clear message of ‘detection, prevention and support’ for patients with type two diabetes.
Dr Srikanth Mada, Clinical Lead for Diabetes and Endocrinology at CDDFT, said: “This is a great opportunity to learn more about type 2 diabetes and people will have an opportunity to speak to experts to get more information about diabetes in general.
“The CDDFT Diabetes service will be carrying out blood glucose checks, and will be joined on the day by a range of services who can provide health and wellbeing support for people with diabetes.
“Get yourself there if you can!”
There are a number of so-called at-risk groups of contracting type two diabetes, including anyone who is overweight or has a close relative with diabetes.
Without the right treatment, type two diabetes can lead to a series of health problems, including heart disease, stroke and loss of feeling in feet. The NHS stand will offer advice on how best to manage diabetes and ensure these potential problems are avoided.
Arthur Tyrell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in November 2017 and knows full well the benefits of lifestyle changes after being able to reverse the condition.
Arthur said: “I had been living a very sedentary lifestyle, with little or no exercise during the day. I also enjoyed a drink and consumed alcohol most days.
“In early December 2017, I started a weight loss programme and I reduced my calorie intake to 1,500 per day. Amazingly, my weight just started to come off.
“I also started an exercise routine by walking every day. I started off with just small distances and gradually built up the length and duration. I am now walking an hour a day.
Arthur’s message to anyone with type 2 diabetes is clear. The 81-year-old continued: “I can strongly recommend taking up some form of exercise, starting with small steps at a time. It certainly worked for me.
“I am indebted to my GP for diagnosing type 2 diabetes in good time to enable me to take steps to overcome the problem.”
If you are concerned about your risk of developing type two diabetes, visit https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start.