South Tyneside CCG News

Experts on hand in South Tyneside to give information for Diabetes Awareness Week

Fri 27th January 2012

South Shields Town Hall will be bathed in blue light as part of a week-long campaign to raise awareness of diabetes across the Borough.

The Town Hall will join iconic landmarks across the globe to be illuminated as dusk falls on World Diabetes Day (Monday 14th November). It aims to serve as a beacon of hope to the millions of people worldwide living with diabetes.

World Diabetes Day marks the start of Diabetes Awareness Week in South Tyneside, which will be launched with local groups, GPs and pharmacies coming together to share experience, knowledge and expertise in preventing diabetes, and raising awareness of the symptoms and risks that can lead to developing diabetes.

Residents in South Tyneside will also be able to find out more about diabetes with experts on hand at a one-stop-shop running from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre and Library in Prince Edward Road, South Shields.

Councillor Emma Lewell-Buck, South Tyneside Council’s Lead Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Diabetes can be a serious health condition if not diagnosed early or not correctly managed. But many people are unaware that they are living with the condition.

“Diabetes Awareness Week enables us to draw attention to the condition, the symptoms and spread the word that simple lifestyle changes can make a big impact in helping people to reduce the risk of them developing diabetes. It also helps us to identify new diabetes sufferers and point out the range of services and treatments that are available.

“We hope that people will take them time to pop along to the primary care centre to find out about this condition.”

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. There are two main types, Type I and Type II. Type I cannot be avoided and accounts for approximately 15 per cent of cases. Type II is mostly linked to being overweight and accounts for around 85 per cent of cases. Complications from diabetes can affect eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves and feet.

During the week, members of the local Diabetes Support Group will be sharing their stories and information will be provided on the early signs and symptoms of diabetes as well as the risk factors. Local people can also talk to a Health Trainer about developing a personalised health plan or discuss ways of preventing or delaying the development of diabetes.

Mini MOTs will also be on offer and the chance to pre-book a full NHS Health Check to be carried out on the Friday. Visitors during the week will also get the chance to enter a free prize draw to win a range of health-inspired goodies donated by South Tyneside Council’s Cultural Operations Team and local organisations.

Ruth McKeown, Director of Public Health at South Tyneside Primary Care Trust, said: “Preventing long term conditions such as diabetes is a high priority in the Borough and we have invested in a variety of support services to help people improve their health to reduce their chance to developing future health problems.

“Getting the message out across communities is one of the most important aspects of the campaign and working in partnership with community organisations will be crucial to help us reach as many people as possible.

“We want to make people aware of the risk factors and symptoms associated with diabetes, the support services available, and what people can do themselves to reduce their chance of developing future health problems.”

For further information about the Diabetes visit www.diabetes.org.uk or call 020 7424 1000.

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