Our Diabetes Clinics are available at both Ashfurlong and James Preston, and appointments are provided by a number of the nursing team.
Our aim is to provide a service that encourages partnership in decision-making, supports you in managing your diabetes, prevent the development of complications, optimise the treatment of diabetes and helps you to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Your recent blood test results may indicate that you have a condition known as ‘pre-diabetes’. Pre-diabetes occurs when glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. You may also hear pre-diabetes being described as Impaired glucose regulation (IGR).
As the name suggests people with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (50% over 5 years). Having pre-diabetes has also been shown to put a person at risk of having heart disease, kidney, eye and nerve disease.
The important thing to remember is that if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you do not have to develop diabetes.
If you are overweight, the right changes in diet and weight can even return sugar control to normal levels. Concentrate on reducing carbohydrates such as potatoes, bread, rice, biscuits and cakes to less than a handful per meal.
It is of great importance that you don’t develop diabetes and these changes have the best evidence for helping you.
To keep well and healthy, everyone with diabetes needs good and regular healthcare. The early detection, treatment and continued control of your diabetes is very important as this will reduce your chances of developing the complications linked to diabetes.
Providing further information on Diabetes:
- Diabetes UK
- Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
- Help with Weight Loss
- Change4Life – Tel: 0300 123 4567 Details of activities in the area that you can get involved in
- British Nutrition Foundation
- Patient UK Information on physical activities for health
- Diabetes UK Central Office,
Tel: 020 7424 1000
Fax: 020 7424 1001
Email: [email protected]