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​​​If you are living with diabetes there is a lot you can do to help yourself

Merton CCG is encouraging local people to find out the truth about diabetes and what it's like to live with the condition during Diabetes Awareness Week, which runs from 12-18 June 2016.

Over 11,000 adults have diabetes in Merton – that's around 5.6% of the population.  About 10% of these are for Type 1 Diabetes (also known as juvenile onset or insulin-dependent diabetes), meaning that the vast majority of diagnoses are for Type 2 Diabetes – a condition normally associated with lifestyle factors such as obesity or lack of exercise.​

“Diabetes has been grabbing the headlines for some time, because of the huge increase in the number of people diagnosed with the condition in recent years,” says Dr Farooq Ahmad, clinical lead for diabetes for Merton CCG.  

He added, “As a result, we often read conflicting stories about diabetes, what causes it and what it’s like to live with the condition. It’s important that people have access to the right information about diabetes, such as the signs and symptoms of the condition, what you can do to lower your risk, and also the help and support available locally to help you get on with life.”​

It's important that people have access to the right information about diabetes, such as the signs and symptoms of the condition, what you can do to lower your risk, and also the help and support available locally to help you get on with life.

If you are living with diabetes there is a lot that you can do that will help you to take control and avoid future problems. Your GP or practice nurse will advise you on monitoring your blood sugar levels. If you have Type 2 diabetes you do not usually need to test yourself at home – you will have blood tests arranged by your practice.

Local support

Diabetes UK hosts a number of support groups across London and the South East.  The groups are run by volunteers and meet regularly, providing a forum for patients, carers or those with a special interest in diabetes to get together, share experiences and learn more about the condition.

For details of local services aimed at helping you improve your health and to live more healthily, visit Merton  Diabetes Service