Currently, over 4.7 million people in the UK have diabetes - a
figures that's expected to rise to 5.5 million by 2030.
One in two people currently living with diabetes are
undiagnosed. The vast majority of these have type 2 diabetes.
This Thursday, 14 November, which is World Diabetes Day,
specialists in diabetes from County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust, including consultants, and diabetes specialist
nurses, will be in Darlington town centre offering support and
advice to those living with diabetes. They will also be
offering blood glucose tests which can help identify those at risk
and people who may need further tests to see if they have diabetes
without realising it. Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can
lead to life-changing complications including blindness,
amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Diabetes was
responsible for four million deaths in 2017.
Debbie Calland, nurse manager for the diabetes services, said,
"Wherever possible we offer patients a one-stop service to ensure
they are monitored and cared for holistically and efficiently. Our
specialists are always happy to answer questions but, linked to
World Diabetes Day, we wanted to offer this additional opportunity
for people to talk with us about aspects of their treatment, any
concerns they might have, or maybe they're worried they, or a loved
one, may be at increased risk of developing
The vast majority of people with diabetes - around 90% - have
type 2 and there's lots of evidence that with changes to lifestyle
around 50% of these cases could be prevented. The Darlington Stop
Smoking service will be carrying out carbon monoxide testing and
will provide information for people who want to stop smoking.
Weight management services and Diabetes UK will also be there.
Our diabetic eye screening service will also be in attendance with
interactive resources including glasses that demonstrate what it
might be like to have a visual impairment. We'll be right in
the town centre, next to the Joseph Pease statue from 10.00am -
"There's support that people may not be aware of and Thursday is
a great chance to find out more - to take five minutes that could
maybe prevent you developing diabetes."
Ian Neill, from Whinfield, Darlington, discovered by accident
that he was at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Ian said,
"I went to see my GP about a digestive problem and her
investigations included a blood glucose level test, which was very
high. She referred me to the Healthier You NHS Diabetes
Prevention Programme which involved attending really informative,
supportive and interactive sessions on developing a healthy
lifestyle. The sessions were an hour weekly for four weeks,
then monthly for nine months. They helped me reflect on what
I could change to become healthier but in quite a fun way, I didn't
feel judged. I've lost about two and a half stone and started
enjoying regular walks and bike rides. My blood glucose
level is no longer high and I feel so much better. I would
recommend the programme to anyone."
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Published 13th November
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital