Diabetes Week is an annual week to raise awareness of diabetes and this year the focus is on increasing people’s understanding of diabetes.
Dr Rahul Thakur a local GP and clinical lead at both CCGs, said:
“Type 2 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes we can show you how to manage your condition to help you live as healthy a life as possible.”
Services are available in Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire to help patients with all aspects of their diabetes care. The advice you receive will be tailored to your individual circumstances and covers lots of areas such as:
- How different types of foods will affect you and how to choose well;
- What physical symptoms you need to look out for;
- What to do if you feel unwell and how this might affect you;
- What activities are available in your area that you may be interested in;
- What apps may help you manage your diabetes;
- What support services are available to keep your mental health healthy;
- Details of local support groups that may interest you.
If you are concerned and you think you may have diabetes, speak to your GP practice. The usual symptoms involve:
- Feeling really thirsty, very often for no reason;
- Very frequent passing of urine (i.e. peeing a lot) for no reason;
- Frequently feeling very tired with no energy;
- Unexplained weight loss.
Dr Rahul Thakur added:
“If diabetes is managed well by the individuals, there isn’t a massive difference in their daily life. Individuals will need to make slight adjustments to the choice of food, lifestyle and medication (if you’ve been prescribed medication). Our support services can help with this.”
For more information about diabetes please contact your GP surgery
or visit the Diabetes UK website at www.diabetes.org.uk