Talk about diabetes

Diabetes Week is from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 June 2018.

Diabetes weekThis year the national campaign, run by Diabetes UK, is asking everyone to talk about Diabetes; which can often be a challenge for both patients and healthcare professionals

For people with diabetes talking to relatives, friends, classmates, work colleagues or doctors can feel tricky or awkward.

This can range from, simply telling someone about their condition through to complex elements of their self-management; for example carbohydrate counting, managing their diabetes during illness or how diabetes affects them psychologically.

For healthcare professionals some topics can be challenging to bring up, especially when discussings aspects such as diabetes complications or sensitive topics like mental or sexual health.

We can make it easier for both people with diabetes and healthcare professionals to have those conversations by increasing knowledge of diabetes and getting people to talk about it.

You can join in the conversation on social media using #TalkAboutDiabetes

Diabetes – the facts

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.

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 at: NHS Choices

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

Diabetes Week events

Staff from our Bury and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) Adult Diabetes Service will be supporting the week through dedicated events, such as an information stand at Bury College.

A diabetes specialist nurse from the service will also be going on Crescent Radio on 22 June to talk about diabetes, support from the service and key self-management messages.

Tune in from 9.30am on Friday 22 June at 97.0fm or on the Crescent Radio website, to discuss diabetes and any concerns.

People with diabetes talking about 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 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: