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."
For more information about diabetes, visit www.nhs.uk