West Lancashire GPs urge residents to learn how to live well with Type 2 diabetes

GPs in West Lancashire are urging all residents living with Type 2 diabetes to learn how to live well with the condition.

Diabetes Week is an annual national campaign, organised by the charity Diabetes UK. This year’s theme for the campaign is ‘setting the record straight’, with the aim being to tell the truth about diabetes, dispelling myths and tackling the stereotypes and stigma that people living with the condition face.

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust offer free courses aimed at all residents/carers living with Type 2 diabetes. ‘Diabetes and You’, which is aimed at people diagnosed within the last 12 months, or people who have not previously attended the course and ‘Diabetes and More’, which is an annual refresher course. The courses offer advice on how best to live with the condition, tips and advice on lifestyle choices, how to manage blood sugar levels, understanding the benefits of exercise and a balanced diet, and they will also provide the opportunity to meet new people living with the same condition.

West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to hear the views of residents that have Type 2 diabetes in relation to patient education. We want to know if the courses currently on offer are delivered in the way you wish to receive information and if we are making effective use of technology etc. The answers provided will help the us to re-structure how information and the education is given and received in the future. The survey can be accessed here: http://po.st/WLCCG-Diabetes or you can request a paper copy by contacting Marco Giannini (communication and engagement manager).

In the UK there are an estimated 3.5 million people knowingly living with diabetes, with a further 549,000 unaware that they have the condition.* Of this national figure, in West Lancashire, there are more than 5,900 people living with the condition.

Dr Bapi Biswas, a GP in West Lancashire and deputy chair at West Lancashire CCG, said:

“Diabetes costs the NHS £5.6 billion per year. However, this does not need to be the case as the condition is preventable and manageable if people adopt a healthy lifestyle.

“If you’re living with Type 2 diabetes, whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or had it for 15 years, these courses could prove to be a great benefit to your health and wellbeing.

“I would urge anyone living with Type 2 diabetes, including carers of people with Type 2, who want to learn more about how to manage their condition and improve health and wellbeing, please contact the diabetes team or speak with your healthcare professional.”

For more information on these courses, visit the West Lancashire CCG website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk, as well as following our Facebook www.facebook.com/NHSWestLancsCCG and Twitter pages www.twitter.com/WestLancsCCG.

A poster with details on the courses is available here.

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