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Hospital’s specialist diabetes team to hold town centre information event

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Currently, over 4.7 million people in the UK have diabetes - a figures that's expected to rise to 5.5 million by 2030. 

One in two people currently living with diabetes are undiagnosed. The vast majority of these have type 2 diabetes.

This Thursday, 14 November, which is World Diabetes Day, specialists in diabetes from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, including consultants, and diabetes specialist nurses, will be in Darlington town centre offering support and advice to those living with diabetes.  They will also be offering blood glucose tests which can help identify those at risk and people who may need further tests to see if they have diabetes without realising it. Left untreated or unmanaged, diabetes can lead to life-changing complications including blindness, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. Diabetes was responsible for four million deaths in 2017. 

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Debbie Calland, nurse manager for the diabetes services, said, "Wherever possible we offer patients a one-stop service to ensure they are monitored and cared for holistically and efficiently. Our specialists are always happy to answer questions but, linked to World Diabetes Day, we wanted to offer this additional opportunity for people to talk with us about aspects of their treatment, any concerns they might have, or maybe they're worried they, or a loved one, may be at increased risk of developing diabetes.  

The vast majority of people with diabetes - around 90% - have type 2 and there's lots of evidence that with changes to lifestyle around 50% of these cases could be prevented. The Darlington Stop Smoking service will be carrying out carbon monoxide testing and will provide information for people who want to stop smoking.

Weight management services and Diabetes UK will also be there. Our diabetic eye screening service will also be in attendance with interactive resources including glasses that demonstrate what it might be like to have a visual impairment.  We'll be right in the town centre, next to the Joseph Pease statue from 10.00am - 4.00pm.

"There's support that people may not be aware of and Thursday is a great chance to find out more - to take five minutes that could maybe prevent you developing diabetes."

Ian Neill, from Whinfield, Darlington, discovered by accident that he was at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Ian said, "I went to see my GP about a digestive problem and her investigations included a blood glucose level test, which was very high.  She referred me to the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which involved attending really informative, supportive and interactive sessions on developing a healthy lifestyle.  The sessions were an hour weekly for four weeks, then monthly for nine months.  They helped me reflect on what I could change to become healthier but in quite a fun way, I didn't feel judged.  I've lost about two and a half stone and started enjoying regular walks and bike rides.   My blood glucose level is no longer high and I feel so much better.  I would recommend the programme to anyone."

 If you're concerned about the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, please visit:

https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

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Published 13th November

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