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Take control of your diabetes this diabetes week

To coincide with diabetes week (11-17 June) NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with local NHS providers to encourage people with diabetes to take control of their health.
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To coincide with diabetes week (11-17 June) NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with local NHS providers to encourage people with diabetes to take control of their health.

Diabetes is now one of the most common long term health conditions. An estimated 57,000 people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are thought to have diabetes which can cause serious long-term health problems.

There are free NHS courses, for people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The courses help people to understand their condition and how to manage it successfully. Courses are free and can be accessed via referral from your GP practice or from the diabetes specialist team.

Dr Mark Brookes, CCG clinical lead for diabetes said:

“If you have diabetes it’s really important to understand how the way you live your life affects your health. Things like your diet and how much exercise you do can make a big difference. These courses will help you to understand that and give you the confidence to make small changes which fit in with what’s important to you, but can make a big difference to your health.

“People living with diabetes are also more likely to be living with common mental health problems like anxiety and depression. This makes it more likely that their diabetes will be poorly controlled. However, there is lots of free support on offer from the local NHS, including talking therapies, which can help improve your well-being.  

“Therapists across the country now have training and experience in working with people with diabetes and they can support you to manage your diabetes better and look at how you can live your life in a more positive way. You can refer yourself for talking therapy by calling 0300 300 0055 or by speaking to your GP.”

Run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) courses are available for anyone who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hasn’t previously attended a course.

The day-long courses take place help patients understand how to manage their condition.

Maria Cowell, clinical lead for diabetes at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The courses can make a massive difference to people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. They help them understand their condition and about their diet and lifestyle. Being diagnosed with diabetes is a serious health condition but there is clear evidence that people who learn how to manage their condition don’t have to keep going back to their GP for advice and also reduce the need for more complex treatment related to their diabetes in the future. Speak to your GP about the support available near you.”

Type 1 Diabetes support

Cambridge and Huntingdonshire areas

Peterborough

DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)

  • The courses are free.
  • Courses available in Huntingdonshire and Cambridge areas.
  • They can be accessed via referral from your GP practice or from the diabetes specialist team.

 

PDAC (Peterborough Dose Adjustment Course)

  • The courses are free.
  • Courses available in Peterborough.
  • They can be accessed via referral from your GP practice or from the diabetes specialist team.

 

 

Type 2 Diabetes support

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)

  • The courses are free.
  • Courses take place at venues across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
  • DESMOND will help you to manage your condition better.
  • Courses open to anyone who has not previously attended a DESMOND course.
  • They can be accessed via referral from your GP practice.

 

Diabetes is the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age and is responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents. People with diabetes are also up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without the condition.

Diabetes symptoms can include feeling very thirsty, urinating more frequently, and weight loss. Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly over weeks or even days while many people have Type 2 diabetes for years without realising because the early symptoms tend to be general.

11/06/2018