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Three smiling women with diabetes awareness bunting and literature

Diabetes Prevention week 2019


As part of the Diabetes Prevention Week (1-7 April), we set up a stall at the Africa Advocacy Foundation to display information about Type 2 diabetes and raise awareness of the disease, the causes and the groups that might be at particular risk. Africa Advocacy Foundation (AAF) is a registered charity founded in 1996 with the aim of supporting and empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people. A community-led initiative, it aims to equip diaspora communities and marginalised people with the tools they need to find health, safety, prosperity and opportunity to lead fulfilling and happy lives.

AAF works with communities both in the UK and overseas who are affected by a range of issues including sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and girls, female genital mutilation (FGM), HIV and mental health issues.

Diabetes is a clinical priority for us throughout 2019/20. Identifying people with Type 2 diabetes earlier is understandably a key focus with emphasis on the correct diagnosis and prioritisation at an earlier stage to help prevent future complications. Correctly diagnosing Type 1 diabetes, to prevent diagnosis at admission, is also a key area of focus.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.

There are 2 main types of diabetes:

·       type 1 diabetes – where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin

·       type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.

For more information, including when to see a doctor, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/

We will also share diabetes awareness and prevention information throughout Lewisham's seasons of festivals, so if you spot us, do come over and say “Hello”.