A new campaign launched by the Council and NHS urges local people with diabetes to think seriously about their health and reduce their risk of being severely affected by COVID-19.
Published: Tuesday, 4th August 2020
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 of more severe symptoms.
NHS Hounslow CCG and the Council want to support residents who have diabetes to access help available to them to reduce their risk. Video consultations and online appointments, as well as routine discussions with GPs, are available to ensure diabetes care continues throughout the pandemic; because it is important that those people at greater risk take actions to reduce their risk and protect their health.
Visit www.knowdiabetes.org.uk is a free website for everyone living in the borough and provides a range of support on healthy eating, being active and weight management for people with diabetes. It also provides information on how residents can access a range of informative courses including the free NHS Healthier You programme.
Cllr 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 are supported to manage their condition. The Know Diabetes website is a fantastic resource to help to make it easier for people living in the borough to be active and choose healthier options.”
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: manage your weight and reduce your blood sugar levels. Act now and visit www.knowdiabetes.org.uk to learn more on the local support available or alternatively speak to your GP Practice.”
- Public health England recently launched the ‘Better Health Campaign’ to help people lose weight. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that can cause pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against cancer and heart disease. More information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/
- 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.
- For other local support available to help you live a healthier life visit: https://www.oneyouhounslow.org/
- In 2016 The prevalence of diabetes recorded by a GP in Hounslow was 7.3% of the adult population (17 and over) this equates to 17,519 residents. The prevalence estimates of diabetes in Hounslow by National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network (NCIN) for 2016 is 9.6% (accounts for 23,125 people aged 17+) which means there are over 5,600 people with diabetes who are not diagnosed yet. Diabetes prevalence in Hounslow is predicted to increase to 10% in 2020 and10.8% in 2030