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DESMOND celebrates World Diabetes Day 2019

Posted on the 8th November 2019

To mark World Diabetes Day (14 November), health professionals from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s Diabetes Service are encouraging people with type 2 diabetes to get help on how to best manage the condition and also attend a special diabetes health event.

The Trust’s DESMOND Team is hosting a “Diabetes and Health Event” where members of the public can visit the team for advice and guidance on best managing the condition. Visitors can also find out if they are at risk from developing Type 2 diabetes.

The event will also be attended by the Trust’s HARRI recovery vehicle with staff at hand to provide information about quitting smoking, courses run by the Recovery College and “Preston Grow.”

The event is free and will be held from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 14 November at Minerva Health Centre, Lowthorpe Road, Preston PR1 6SB.

Alex Kennedy from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s DESMOND 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. This is especially important as the theme of World Diabetes Day this year is ‘Protect Your Family.’

“It is because of this that we hold 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. The event to celebrate World Diabetes Day is an opportunity to meet the DESMOND team and find out more about managing 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 desmond@lancashirecare.nhs.uk. You can contact the DESMOND team at Blackburn with Darwen on 01254 283886. 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.