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Diabetes is a health priority for Lewisham

NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is raising awareness of diabetes during Diabetes Week 2019, which runs from 10 to 16 June.

There are 2 main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. But type 2 diabetes is far more common than, and in the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. In Lewisham, 14,000 people live with the condition. 

The CCG's Senior Clinical Director, Dr Charles Gostling, said: "If undiagnosed, diabetes can have a profound effect on a person's health and wellbeing.

"Without medical intervention, the disease can damage circulation and eyesight, and increase a person's chances of having a stroke or developing circulatory or heart disease."

Dr Gostling added: "That's why the CCG places so much importance on the prevention and detection of diabetes."

Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising, because the symptoms don't necessarily make you feel unwell.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Peeing more than usual, particularly at night.
  • Feeling thirsty all the time.
  • Feeling very tired.
  • Losing weight without trying to.
  • Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush cuts or wounds taking longer to heal.
  • Blurred vision.
  • But very commonly people will have no symptoms at all.

You're more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are over 40 – or 25 for black Caribbean, Black African and south Asian people.
  • Have a close relative with diabetes – such as a parent, brother or sister.
  • Are overweight or obese.
  • Are of south Asian, Chinese, black Caribbean or black African origin – even if you were born in the UK

Dr Gostling said: "If you have any symptoms that may indicate you have diabetes, or think you may have risk factors – overweight and obesity, family history, or at risk ethnicity - please speak to your GP. A simple diagnosis can enable the condition to be managed, and help you to avoid serious illness."

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