On World Diabetes Day 2017, health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s diabetes service are encouraging people with Type 2 diabetes, particularly women, to get help on how to best manage the condition.
Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result, the theme of World Diabetes Day this year is Women and Diabetes.
Lisa Rowe from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Southport and Formby Diabetes Team said:
“There are over 199 million women the world over who have diabetes, a figure that is expected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Learning how to self-manage diabetes is a must for anyone who has the condition. People with diabetes are at risk of developing health problems that include renal disease, blindness, cardiovascular disease and lower limb amputations, and it is because of this that we hold regular diabetes education sessions to help people with diabetes to understand their condition better and how to successfully manage it to keep themselves well. The sessions are free and extremely useful in learning how to live with diabetes.”
Diabetes structured education sessions in Southport and Formby are held at a variety of locations, days and times in order to be accessible to a wide range of people. Diabetes and You is the group which is aimed at those people who are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It provides valuable information about diabetes in a relaxed setting and many participants have found being in a group with other people with diabetes very helpful.
People with more established Type 2 Diabetes (or those who have already attended Diabetes and You) are recommended to attend the Diabetes and More group because it provides more in-depth knowledge for those who already have a basic understanding about diabetes. Both groups help participants understand more about their condition, and the important role that lifestyle changes can play in reducing their risk of long term complications.
If you live in Southport and Formby, contact the Diabetes Education Office on 01704 387271. If you live in North Lancashire, Preston, Chorley, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and Blackburn with Darwen, then contact the DESMOND office on 01772 777620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, speak to your GP, practice nurse or health care professional. For general advice on any form of diabetes, call the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk.