The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day (14 November) is ‘The Family and Diabetes’ and health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s diabetes service are encouraging people with Type 2 diabetes to get help on how to best manage the condition.
With over 425 million people currently living with diabetes, most of which are type 2 diabetes that is largely preventable, families have a key role to play in managing, caring and preventing diabetes.
Christine Elwell from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Diabetes Education Service said:
“Locally 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. With support to maintain a healthy diet, keep active and keep to a healthy weight, people with diabetes can stay well and reduce their risks of long-term health problems. Diabetes can have an impact on the health of the whole family. So families have a key role to play in supporting lifestyle changes.
“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 DESMOND 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.”
DESMOND sessions are held on various days of the week in north Lancashire, Preston, Chorley, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and Blackburn with Darwen, and families and friends of people with diabetes are welcome to attend the sessions.
DESMOND is an acronym for ‘Diabetes Education and Self-Management for On-going and Newly Diagnosed.’ Attending a DESMOND session will help someone to understand how food, activity and medication affect their diabetes control, what the long-term risks of living with Type 2 diabetes are and how an individual might reduce these risks.
To find out more, 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.
World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.