Join us in Durham Market Place on Wednesday 14 November
2012 between 11am - 6pm to mark World Diabetes Day. We'll be
offering screening tests, advice and information on living with the
condition including the importance of foot and eye care, as well as
healthy eating demonstrations from our 'Cook 4 Life'
There are more than 40, 000 patients with diabetes in County
Durham. In addition there are still a significant number of
patients, undiagnosed with diabetes.
In those patients diagnosed with diabetes, while the general
care is good, the rate of lower limb amputations is high across the
UK and County Durham. This is mainly due to poor awareness amongst
both patients and clinicians on the importance of early detection
and appropriate intervention in diabetes patients with active foot
Obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely related. The rates for
obesity in the north east are quite high.
Lifestyle change and raising public awareness of these two
issues are the best ways to prevent and improve the quality of life
of those patients living with diabetes.
As part of World Diabetes Day, the diabetes teams from County
Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust (CDDFT) will be organising a
screening and awareness campaign in the Market Place, Durham.
Dr Paul Peter, consultant diabetologist for County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are keen to reach out to
the general public to let them know how vitally important it is to
get screened for diabetes. Many people are unaware where they can
get this done, and they do not realise how important it is to also
screen feet, eyes and kidneys yearly.
"Whatever questions anyone may have, we are happy to help. So
come along and give it a try!"
The diabetes team will be offering a spot check of blood sugars,
blood pressure and if people are agreeable weight and BMI.
Debbie Calland, lead diabetes specialist nurse for County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We want to help educate
people to recognise the signs and symptoms of diabetes for
themselves. In many cases the illness can be prevented through
lifestyle changes in diet and exercise."
A team from the bariatric service and the health improvement
team from the health trust will also be taking part to bring more
information on obesity and how to introduce major lifestyle
The 'Cook for life' team will also be hosting 'healthy cooking'
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November
14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International
Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It
engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and
awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the
International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization
in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat
that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official
United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation
Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of
paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes
firmly in the public spotlight.
World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme
chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to
address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the
themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated
on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who,
along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the
discovery of insulin in 1922.
Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes
Day theme for the period 2009-2013.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham