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People in Derbyshire reminded of the risks of diabetes

Figures have revealed more than 17 thousand people now have diabetes in North Derbyshire

Type 2 diabetes is on the increase and Derbyshire residents are being reminded to be aware of the risks during the NHS Diabetes Prevention Week that runs from April 16 to 22.

Currently, nearly 60,000 people in Derbyshire have Type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable through lifestyle changes, and more than 70,000 are thought to be at high risk of developing it.

The Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Diabetes UK Group is hosting the public engagement event on Monday 16 April from 6pm to 8pm at Proact Football Stadium, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ.

Key healthcare professionals will also be on hand to give an overview of local diabetes care and what the future holds for people living with, or caring for people, with the condition.  

People will receive up-to-date information on the raft of services available to support people living with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  And there will also be an opportunity to meet people with diabetes who live in the local area.

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Midlands Regional Head, said:

“I would encourage anyone living with the condition, whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, to attend this meeting.  It will offer people a unique opportunity to ask questions of local healthcare professionals and commissioners, and find out what the future holds.

“On average people only spend around three hours a year with their doctor or nurse and the rest of the time they are on their own trying to manage the condition, so developing a deeper understanding of diabetes will give people the necessary knowledge to take control of their health.”

There are now more than 17,200 people diagnosed with diabetes in North Derbyshire.

Five of the main risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes are:

  • age − being over the age of 40 (over 25 for South Asian people)
  • genetics − having a close relative with the condition (parent, brother or sister)
  • weight − being overweight or obese
  • ethnicity − being of south Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean or black African origin
  • Pregnant women who have gestational diabetes are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life

 Some of the main symptoms of diabetes include:

  • urinating more often than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very thirsty
  • feeling very tired
  • unexplained weight loss
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision (caused by the lens of the eye becoming dry)

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems such as cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.

 “That’s why it’s so important to help people stop the condition from developing.”

 Patients at high risk of Type 2 diabetes in the county are benefiting from a new programme to help them avoid developing the condition.

 The NHS Healthier You: Derby and Derbyshire Diabetes Prevention Programme aims to help patients change their lifestyles.

The programme includes education on healthy eating and lifestyle changes as well as bespoke exercise sessions, all of which have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

For more details on the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Diabetes UK group including when and where they meet go to chesterfield.diabetesukgroup.org/

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