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Living well with diabetes

Date: 12 June 2015

Time: 01:00

Living with diabetes can sometimes feel challenging – but the right help, information and care will help make a real difference. This year National Diabetes Week runs from 15 June focusing on all the things that people who have, or care for someone with diabetes can do to improve their condition.

Diabetes is a condition which causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are different types of diabetes but the most common form is 'type 2' diabetes, which affects approximately 2.8 million people. The number of people with diabetes in Bromley has increased over time. There were 4,846 people on the diabetes register in 2002, as compared with 13,681 in 2012.

There are also thought to be around 750,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes in the UK, and around 5292 people in Bromley. 

The main symptoms of diabetes are: feeling very thirsty; passing more urine than normal; feeling very tired; and unexpected weight loss. 

Dr Jon Doyle said: "If you have any of these symptoms, go and see your GP – especially if you have a history of diabetes in your family."  

Type 2 diabetes is also more common if you are overweight or you are of a South Asian, African or Caribbean background.  

He added: "The sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner your doctor or nurse can help you to manage the condition and prevent you developing the health problems associated with diabetes."

If you are living with diabetes there is a lot that you can do that will help you to take control of your diabetes and avoid future problems. Your GP or practice nurse will advise you on monitoring your blood sugar levels. If you have type 2 diabetes, you do not usually need to test yourself at home – you will have blood tests arranged by your practice. 

Key steps to managing your diabetes are:

  • Take your prescribed medication as directed
  • Maintain a healthy weight – this will help control your blood glucose level
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet 
  • Stop smoking
  • Stay active 
  • Have the flu jab every autumn
  • Go to your regular check-ups

When you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes the amount of information that you need to understand and the impact of diabetes on your life can be quite overwhelming. You are not alone; there are local services to support you: 

Diabetes UK Bromley Support Group
3 Hayes Lane, Bromley, Bromley BR2 9EA Kent
Email: diabetesbromley@gmail.com

Diabetes UK also has advice, information and support including peer support and online support forums. Find out more at https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/

  • Summary:

    Living with diabetes can sometimes feel challenging – but the right help, information and care will help make a real difference. This year National Diabetes Week runs from 15 June focusing on all the things that people who have, or care for someone with diabetes can do to improve their condition.

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