Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where the body loses the ability to control the amount of glucose in the body. Normally we produce a hormone called insulin (which is produced in the pancreas). The pancreas uses glucose in our food to be taken from the blood and used by the body for energy. In diabetes there is a lack of insulin or the insulin there is, does not work properly. Too much glucose then stays in the blood stream and cannot be used by the cells for energy production.

How can I manage my diabetes?

You should be offered regular reviews with your specialist diabetes team. Your team may be based in hospital or in your own GP practice. This should give you the opportunity to work in partnership to plan your diabetes management.
What does partnership working mean?

The doctor or nurse will ask what aspects of diabetes you wish to focus on in the next year. They will provide you with a record to refer to and help you identify ways of achieving your goals.

Your review should include:

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Review of diet
  • Eye examinations
  • Foot examinations
  • Medication review

You may be asked to have some of your tests before your appointment. If this is the case, you should receive a copy of these results before attending for your full diabetes review.

You should also be asked to consider any aspects which may be affecting your diabetes prior to your review.

Part of your review may involve setting goals for the following year.

Diabetes can also be helped by

  • Keeping yourself informed
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Being physically active
  • Taking your prescribed medicines, whether tablets or insulin at the required times
  • Participating in a self-care programme such as the Expert Patient Programme or DESMOND

Ask for information from your specialist team.

Find out if you are at risk at developing diabetes and take the diabetes risk score test:

http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Riskscore/

Created in collaboration with the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the test identifies how much a person is at risk of developing the condition.

Local Support and Information

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is a national charity which provides advice and information for people living with diabetes. You can call their national helpline on 020 7424 1000 or attend one of the local help groups held on the third Tuesday of each month at Huddersfield Methodist Mission. For more information call Sue Sudd on 01484 308586 or email: suesudd571@myway.com. Or you can contact Val Wilson on 01484539243 or Gill Oates on 01484 718071.

HONEYZZ

HONEYZZ is a multicultural diabetes support group meeting every 1 and 3 Tuesday afternoon at St. Johns resource Centre in Birkby Huddersfield. For more information please contact Denzil Nurse on 01484 443 036 (office) or send an email to honeyzz@btconnect.com. Visit the HONEYZZ website at http://www.honeyzzdiabetessupportgroup.co.uk/about-honeyzz-diabetes

 

DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed)

For more information contact the Desmond Coordinator on 01484 415534

For more information visit:
http://www.locala.org.uk/your-healthcare/diabetes/who-is-desmond/