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​Lewisham GPs set the record straight during Diabetes Awareness Weekdiabetes week image.jpg

Lewisham GPs are encouraging local people to find out the truth about diabetes and what it's like to live with the condition during Diabetes Awareness Week, which runs from 12-18 June.

Over 15,000 adults have been diagnosed with Diabetes in Lewisham – that's around 6%) of the population.  Around ten per cent of these are for Type 1 Diabetes (also known as juvenile onset or insulin-dependent diabetes), meaning that the vast majority of diagnoses are for Type 2 Diabetes – a condition normally associated with lifestyle factors such as obesity or lack of exercise.

​"Diabetes has been grabbing the headlines for some time, due to the huge increase in the number of people diagnosed with the condition in recent years" says Dr Rowland, Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  "We often read conflicting stories about diabetes, what causes it, how important is it to me if I have it diagnosed and what it's like to live with the condition?"

"It's important that people have access to the right information about Diabetes, such as what you can do to lower your risk of getting it, the symptoms of it – or lack of them, what happens to you if you have it and don't follow advice, , and also the help and support available locally to help you get on with your life if you are found to have it."

Local support

  • In Lewisham, the Community Diabetes Service (CDS) delivers a specialist Diabetes service for people in the community with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. If you think you are eligible for this kind of support, ask your GP or practice nurse who can make a referral.  The Team is currently based in Suite 9, Yellow Zone, Lewisham Hospital. For enquiries call: 020 3192 6540.
  • In addition, if you have Type 2 diabetes, you can get help from our new free new online service 'HeLP', which will to help you:
    • Eat well
    • Take control of your diabetes
    • Lower your risk of complications
    • Live healthier and happier
  • HeLP Diabetes: Starting Out is a four-part programme designed to help you make simple but effective changes to manage your diabetes.  You can register over the phone by calling 020 7431 9114 or email at: use the programme you will need a valid email address and regular access to the internet.
  • Diabetes UK hosts a number of support groups across London and the South East.  The groups are run by volunteers and meet regularly, providing a forum for patients, carers or those with a special interest in diabetes to get together, share experiences and learn more about the condition.