Throughout national Diabetes Prevention Week
Each week 15 people in Wandsworth are told they have diabetes. In a year that’s enough to fill 10 double decker buses. This week (April 16-22) is Diabetes Prevention Week, and the council and local NHS are working to help local people learn more about their risk of developing the disease.
Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a network of diabetes champions who work in the borough helping local people understand more about the condition and how to prevent developing type 2 diabetes.
Many people may not be aware that they are at risk of developing it. You can find out by using this simple online tool
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, caused by different things. Type 1 is not to do with being overweight and it’s not preventable. One of the biggest risk factors for Type 2 is being overweight. Age, ethnicity and family history can also have an impact.
Paul Dong (pictured above) became a champion for spreading the word about healthy living after discovering he had diabetes, “I became type 2 diabetic through lack of knowledge. Now I am trying to make sure that others can avoid it by not making the same lifestyle mistakes.”
“Once you have diabetes it is progressive, with life changing complications, but with the correct lifestyle you can slow it down.”
Another local champion, Mark Shipton, added: "I began volunteering as a champion for Wandsworth because I felt that after 24 years of being a type one diabetic I had a foundation of knowledge and experience that cannot be gained by any form of training. So why not use that understanding to help less experienced diabetics (or those concerned about their potential risk to diabetes) to treat their condition, help them better understand diabetes and live longer and more confident lives."
Throughout this week the Wandsworth CCG champions will be at a number of events, in partnership with the council’s leisure contractor Enable, to give information and advice. Find them at the following locations.
To book a diabetes champion to speak with your group, or to find out more about becoming a diabetes champion, contact the Wandsworth Self-Management Service at WandsworthCCG.ExpertPatients@swlondon.nhs.uk or telephone 020 8812 6750.or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also ways to prevent yourself from developing diabetes, manage the condition should you be diagnosed with it and avoid developing serious complications.
For other local support available to help you live a healthier life visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/oneyou.
April 15, 2018