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Hounslow Council and local NHS urges local residents with diabetes to seek support

This week (8-14 June) is Diabetes Week and the local NHS and council want to support residents with diabetes to access help including a new local dedicated website and National helpline.

Published: Tuesday, 9th June 2020

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More than 20,000 people in the borough of Hounslow are potentially at greater risk of experiencing severe symptoms if infected with the coronavirus.

One in three people in the UK who have died from COVID-19 had diabetes. Even when all the other risk factors are taken into account, research shows that higher blood glucose levels and obesity are linked to higher risk.

This week (8-14 June) is Diabetes Week and the local NHS and council want to support residents with diabetes to access help available to them, including a new local dedicated website Know Diabetes and national helpline, for people to manage their condition.

Video consultations and online appointments, as well as routine discussions with GPs, are among a range of measures that the NHS put in place so that diabetes care can continue throughout the pandemic.

Know Diabetes - which is free to everyone living in the borough - provides a range of support on healthy eating, being active and weight management to people with diabetes. It also provides information on how residents can access a range of informative courses including the free NHS Healthier You programme.

Local people who think they may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can fill out this online assessment tool. It’s not too late for anyone to take action if they are at risk - as much as 80% of Type 2 diabetes cases can be reduced by making healthier lifestyle changes.

Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said: “The high number of people with diabetes who have died as a result of COVID-19 is devastating. These extremely concerning figures highlight how important it is that residents attend their routine appointments and seek help to manage their condition. In Hounslow, there is a wide range of support available for people with diabetes and those at risk of getting diabetes.”

Dr Raquel Delgado, Diabetes GP Lead at NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added:

‘’People living with diabetes are more likely to be seriously affected by COVID-19. One in three people who have died from COVID-19 had diabetes. If you have diabetes there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Managing your weight if overweight and reducing your blood sugar levels can decrease this risk.

“Act now and visit  www.knowdiabetes.org.uk to learn more on support available locally or alternatively speak to your GP Practice.”  

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes happens when your blood glucose level is too high because your body can't make a hormone called insulin and Type 2 diabetes is largely associated with lifestyle behaviours.

 

Further information

  • The REWIND Diabetes Programme identifies people at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. Ask your GP to refer you.
  • Getting the right health checks is vital as is taking the right medication.  Anyone aged 40-74 who has not had a free NHS health check in the last five years and has not been diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or stroke is advised to get one. Ask your GP for more information.
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