Thanks to additional national funding, there are now more structured education classes available to anyone with a diagnosis of diabetes.
An estimated 57,000 people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are thought to have diabetes. Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. It's the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age, 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 diabetes.
Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now attend a FREE course. Education classes are available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with more staff and more sessions available.
Dr Mark Brookes, clinical lead for Diabetes at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“You can make a new year’s resolution to learn more about your diabetes. Free classes are available where you can learn more about diabetes and how to manage the condition. If you haven’t attended a diabetes support class before now is the time to take control and learn how to keep yourself healthy. Contact your GP practice for more information.
“It’s really important that people living with diabetes understand their condition, and how they can make changes to their lifestyle which will help them to live a longer and healthier life. This could help to reduce the amount of medication they need to take, as well as improving their chances of living longer without the long term effects of diabetes. The first step is to attend a diabetes education class, whether you have just been diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for a long time and didn’t feel ready for the education when you were diagnosed. Diabetes education courses are now available to anyone who has diabetes, thanks to national funding.”
A patient who attended the DESMOND course said:
“I enjoyed all of it, full of information and friendly.”