This World Diabetes Day (Saturday, 14 November) residents with the condition are reminded to attend their routine appointments and not to delay in contacting their GP if they have concerns about their diabetes.
People are also asked to look out for the symptoms of diabetes and contact their GP practice or NHS 111 if you have the signs. It could be diabetes if you have the 4 Ts:
- Toilet – going to the toilet a lot?
- Thirsty – unable to quench your thirst
- Tired – feeling more tired than usual?
- Thinner – losing weight?
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are different types of diabetes:
- Type 1: Where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
- Type 2: Where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This is the most common type of diabetes.
- Gestational diabetes: A form of diabetes consisting of high blood glucose levels during pregnancy.
- Pre-diabetes / borderline diabetes: Blood sugar levels are above the normal range but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
You can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and if you develop it, help manage the condition, through healthy eating, regular exercise and achieving a healthy body weight. It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible as it will get progressively worse if left untreated. If you do have any of the symptoms, speak to your GP.
Residents already on the pre-diabetes pathway are continuing to receive phone based support from the Healthy Knowsley Service and can be seen individually in clinic.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
The NHS is very much open to people who need it. If you have diabetes and are invited for a routine appointment it’s really important that you attend. It’s also important that if you have any concerns about your diabetes not to delay and contact your GP surgery or diabetes team. If you have the 4Ts it could be a sign of diabetes and I’d urge you to get in touch with your GP as soon as possible.”
For more information on the signs and symptoms or diabetes and what you can do to prevent it, visit the NHS website.
Knowsley lights up for diabetes awareness
The Greystone Bridge over the M62 in Huyton will be illuminated in blue this Saturday, 14 November, to mark World Diabetes Day.