Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat facing our nation, currently being diagnosed at a rate of one new case every 2 minutes,if this trend persists one in ten will develop type 2 diabetes by 2034. Around 19,000 people across North East Essex live with the type 1 or type 2 diabetes, which if not managed correctly can result in serious health complications such as blindness, kidney failure, stroke and loss of limbs.
Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune condition where the body attacks insulin producing cells, meaning no insulin is produced. About 10% of people with diabetes have type 1.
Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn’t make enough insulin or is unable to use the insulin it does make properly. The causes are complex but it’s estimated that 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be delayed or prevented through diet and lifestyle changes. According to diabetes UK nearly 12 million people across the UK are at high risk of developing this condition, alarmingly most of them don’t even know they are in this category.
This is why across north east Essex and Suffolk, the NHS has launched a major public awareness campaign – called ‘Let’s Beat Diabetes Together’ in order to improve awareness of diabetes and the support available to those living with it.
Cases of type 2 have soared in recent years and there’s a fear that unless more people heed the advice to increase physical activity and cut down on eating fatty, sugary food items, we are sleep walking into a situation which could financially cripple and completely overwhelm the NHS.
Our aims with the ‘ Lets beat diabetes together’ campaign are to help people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes manage their health better, as well get the message out there to the wider public that they can help prevent developing type 2 diabetes in the first place by making modest adjustments to their lifestyle and diet.
Across north east Essex and Suffolk, the NHS provides two nationally-recognised courses which are designed to support people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
The DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Diabetes) course aims to equip those living with type 1 diabetes with the skills to count carbohydrates, self-adjust insulin doses and have more confidence in self-managing their condition.
The DESMOND (Diabetes Education for Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) course is for people living with type 2 diabetes and covers a range of topics including the nature of diabetes, carbohydrates and fats, goal setting and ways of working towards lifestyle improvements.
It is essential that everyone living with diabetes has a chance to learn how they can manage their condition well and how their health care provider can help. These courses can have a huge impact on attendees approach to living with diabetes.
For more information about these courses, or to book your place on one of these, please contact your local diabetes centres:
- North East Essex – 0345 241 3313
Let’s beat diabetes together!