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Diabetes

We help patients with the diabetes to control and minimise their symptoms,. Patients on our diabetes register are part of a call and recall system with oversight by the doctor and trained nurses. We arrange access to chirpody as required - and there is a retinal screening programme in operation.

Patients who are diagnosed with  type 1 diabetes attend a clinic at the hospital, whilst patients with type 2 diabetes may attend either the practice clinic or the hospital clinic - or both. Regardless, both hospital and practice clinics provide all reviews and routine care.

Type 1 Diabetes

Online, there are  many sources on information to support and empower patients in managing their diabetes. The  video above is provided by Diabetes UK

Type 2 Diabetes

WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?

Every two minutes someone finds out that they have type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, 1 in10 people will develop type 2 diabetes by 2035. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce doesn’t work properly. Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. It’s a leading cause of vision loss in people of working age. It’s also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation. People with diabetes are at least twice as likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than those without diabetes.

The risk of COVID-19 related in-hospital death is doubled by type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is found in nearly one third of people who die with COVID-19. You can prevent type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping physically active.


What are the risk factors for type 2 diabetes?

YOUR AGE
The older you are, the greater your risk is likely to be.

YOUR GENDER
 Men are more at risk of type 2 diabetes.

YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
You’re two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister, or child with type 2 diabetes.

YOUR ETHNICITY
You’re more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you’re over 25 and from a Chinese, South Asian, Black Caribbean or Black African ethnic background.

YOUR WEIGHT
 You are more at risk of type 2 diabetes if you carry excess weight.

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure

WHAT IS THE HEALTHIER YOU PROGRAMME?

Your free local Healthier You programme provides valuable support to help you put
your health back in your hands and reduce your risk of developing type 2
diabetes.
It offers a range of personalised support to help you do just that. From helping you eat well, to tips on achieving a healthy weight and physical activity.
 
We know it can be tough to make lifestyle changes but with the right help it is possible to make the simple changes that can significantly reduce your risk.

For more information go to
preventing diabetes website
 or speak to a clinician at the Practice.

Find out your risk of type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at

DIABETES RISKSCORE WEBSITE
 or by searching ‘Know Your Risk’.

Diabetes

In our diabetes clinics, we conduct physical examinations, including height & weight checks. We can then calculate your body mass index (BMI). This should be between 20 and 25.  We also check blood pressure. Whilst a normal BP would be considered 120/80 mmHg, patients are advised of a target for their individual sitiation.

A foot examination is conducted to check skin and sensation. Eyes are checked by digital retinal photography.  A special unit visits the practice so patients can be seen  at their own surgery where that is where they are being monitored. Patients are asked to look at a reading chart and drops are inserted into the eye to enlarge pupils. The effect of the drops can last up to two hours so it is unsafe to drive until the effect of the drops has worn off. Where a patient is on insulin, the site of the injections is checked.

Periodically, laboratory tests are undertaken - including haemaglobin HbA1c monitioring. This allows diabetes control to be monitored. Creatinine and eGFR are also checked to see how well kidneys are performing. A lipid profile is also obtained.  Liver function tests are also undertaken  to monitor fat deposition and ensure that this is not upsetting the liver. Urine samples allow microalbumin to be monitored so that complications of diabetes can be avoided. Where possible, tests are undetaken before appointments so that the results are available at the review where general well-being, current treatment, diabetes control and any problems arising are dicsussed. Referrals to podiatrist or dietitian are also considered, where required. Details of diabetes clinics can be obtained from our reception.

On-line Support

There is a great deal of information on diabetes on-line. Support can be obtained through websites, helplines and support groups.

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Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK  03451232399

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 Diabetes patient support NHS

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NHS recommended apps

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Diabetes Community

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes support

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Research/Support 

Information & support 

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