Following the success of the first Community Health Meeting about Dementia held in February, Governors of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are holding a second meeting, to focus on diabetes and aging.
In 2010, there were approximately 3.1 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in England. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million, with 90% of those affected having type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high, which can seriously damage the body's organs. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 is when the body is unable to produce insulin to regulate the body’s blood sugar levels; it is unpreventable and only treatable with insulin replacement therapy. Type 2 is when the body still produces insulin, but it is not enough or the body’s cells don’t react to it; also known as insulin resistance. Type 2 is linked to being inactive or overweight, so can be controlled simply by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and monitoring blood glucose levels. However, as type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, you may eventually need medication, usually in the form of tablets.
It is very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated. You should talk to your GP about diabetes if you have the following symptoms:
• feeling very thirsty
• urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
• feeling very tired
• weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
• itching around the genital area, or frequent episodes of thrush
• cuts or wounds that heal slowly
• blurred vision (caused by the lens of the eye becoming dry).
Diabetes Services Centre Manager, Claire Keightley said: “12,500 people in Rotherham already have diabetes and with 23,000 adults in the local area having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of above 30, putting them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the number of people in the town living with diabetes is set to rise rapidly in the coming years.
“It is imperative that health education remains high on our agenda so we can support those living with, or at risk of developing diabetes in the future.”
At the meeting on 31 March 2015, Trust Consultant Dr Ahmed Hafiz will discuss global and local perspectives on diabetes and aging. Dr Hafiz will be joined by one of the Trust’s Diabetes Specialist Nurses and diabetes UK Service Champion for Rotherham, Terry Nougher-Fuller, who will be on hand with local support and information about managing diabetes and to answer any questions people may have.
The meeting will be held at Springwell Gardens Community Centre, Eastwood View, Springwell Gardens S65 1NG, starting at 12.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to attend the free talks and refreshments are provided. Places are limited so booking is essential. To book your place, call 01709 427800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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