Know diabetes, fight diabetes

Diabetes Awareness Week is from Sunday 11 to Saturday 17 June 2017.

This year the national campaign, run by Diabetes UK, is asking everyone to ‘know diabetes, fight diabetes’.

Figures from Public Health England show that 82,816 people over the age of 17, who live across the Pennine Care footprint, have been diagnosed with diabetes (2015/16).

Diabetes UK also predicts that more than half a million (549,000) people are currently living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes across the UK.

Know diabetes

Diabetes is an incurable condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high, split into two types:

Type 1 - People can’t produce insulin. It’s not preventable, but there are measures to stay healthy.   

Type 2 - People don’t produce enough insulin or it doesn’t work properly. This can be caused by number risk factors and is often managed by lifestyle changes. Click here to take the NHS self-assessment tool to see if you’re at risk.

Main symptoms (common in both types, although they appear quickly in type 1):

  • Urinating more often than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very tired
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent episodes of thrush
  • Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • Blurred vision

While there are ways to manage diabetes (see fight diabetes), the impact can be devastating.

Some complications can include blindness, amputation and even early death in some cases, so it’s important to make sure you know whether you’re at risk and how to help fight it.

More information about diabetes, the symptoms and risk factors is available on NHS Choices

Fight diabetes

People who have been diagnosed with diabetes, or who are at risk of developing, can make lifestyle changes to help manage the condition or prevent further complications.

These include:

  • Regular exercise
  • A healthy, balanced diet
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Stopping smoking
  • Regularly checking your feet
  • Regular eye tests

More information about fighting diabetes is available on NHS Choices.

Living with diabetes

Jill’s story: One of our service users has shared her thoughts and feelings about living with diabetes and how she manages the condition.

DAFNE courses:  Information about the dose adjustment for normal eating courses, designed to help people with type 1 diabetes to live a flexible lifestyle.

Our services

Pennine Care provides the following services to provide care and support for people with diabetes. Click on the hyperlinks to find out more information: