Health commissioners support World Diabetes Day

Health commissioners support World Diabetes Day

With 5741 people living with diabetes in West Lancashire and many more remaining undiagnosed, NHS West Lancashire CCG is supporting World Diabetes Day (14 November) to help raise awareness.

Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by a lack of insulin, leading to too much sugar in the blood. Every four minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that more than one in 20 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed).  By 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK which is equivalent to more than 400 people every day being diagnosed.

NHS West Lancashire CCG has made significant changes to the services surrounding diabetes with many more plans in the pipeline.   A spokesperson for the CCG, said:

“Existing figures show us that diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people with an estimated 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes.   Not only is diabetes a significant disruption to individuals’ health and lifestyle, it can also reduce life expectancy by 10-20 years.  We recommend that anyone who would like to understand if they are at risk of developing Type 2 to utilise local services such as Walking Away From Diabetes.”

Walking Away from Diabetes is a new education programme, delivered by Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative (SCFI), is aimed at people who are at increased risk of developing diabetes.  To assess the level of risk, individuals can simply self-assess or be assessed at their local GP practice. Referral forms and the diabetes risk score are both available at: www.scfi.org.uk/walking_away_from_diabetes
Contact Walking Away from Diabetes at 01695 720 555 or scfi.walkingaway@nhs.net

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.  Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. If you have Type 1 diabetes, you need to make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and having regular blood tests. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced by the body for it to function properly, or when the body’s cells do not react to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity. Around 95% of all people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.

Further information can be found on the following website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Diabetes/Pages/Diabetes.aspx