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​​Diabetes Week - i Can

This year the Diabetes Week theme is ‘i Can’. We know that diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. This Diabetes Week, Diabetes UK wants your stories of all the things you can do, and the challenges you’ve overcome.

When things have got tough, what have been the things you can do to get through it? What will you never let diabetes stop you from doing? Or if you support someone with diabetes, how do you help them along the way?

From 8–14 June, we'd like you to share your stories of courage and hope in the face of diabetes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #iCan. And don't forget to tag us, @NHSLewishamCCG, and @diabetesuk, so we can join in the conversation.

​What is diabetes?

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

In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes.
The main symptoms of diabetes are:
  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating frequently, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Find out more on the NHS Choices website, where you can also take a quick and simple test to find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes. 

If you have already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK offers a free online training course called Type 2 Diabetes and Me​, which helps you learn how to manage your condition.