Diabetes and You Information Pack
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for some time, having the right information about your condition will help you to best control diabetes. To help with this, NEL CCG has developed an information pack called Diabetes and You with the support of patients and clinicians.
What’s in the guide?
The guide provides lots of information about diabetes, how it can affect your health and most importantly what actions you can take to care for your diabetes well. It includes advice on managing your weight, what to do when you are ill as well as driving and going on holiday. There’s also a pack for you to share with family and friends to help them be aware of diabetes. The guide is slit into 5 packs:
- A quick guide
- A more detailed guide
- Driving and diabetes
- What am I going to do now (this includes where to find help and advice)
- Friends and family guide
There’s also an evaluation form and we’d really welcome your feedback submit your feedback online here
How do I access a copy of the guide?
If you would like a paper copy of the pack you can obtain this through your GP practice. If you prefer to access this electronically, you can download these using the links above.
DESMOND educational training course
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the condition for a while now you can take advantage of a DESMOND educational course to learn more about your diabetes and how to manage the condition and live well.
DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed and is a group of education programmes for people with diabetes. You can learn more about Type 2 diabetes and gain help managing diabetes-related health changes and meet and share life experiences with others.
Hear about how the DESMOND course has changed the life of a local Grimsby man. David Gunn was diagnosed a couple of years ago and he attended a course at Weelsby View Medical Centre that helped him change his life for the better. Read about David's story- Learning how to live with diabetes
If you need some help and support in dealing with the health issues surrounding diabetes then ask your GP about booking you a place on the 2 day course that is provided at primary care centres.
DESMOND courses work because they are designed to support the person with diabetes, making them the expert by increasing the knowledge and understanding of what having diabetes means, and empowering you to make your own decisions.
Diabetes Support Group
A local Diabetes Support Group has been set up offering a chance for people to share their experience, learn more about what they can do to control their diabetes as well as have some fun and a cup of tea. The group meet every 3rd Monday of the month at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby from 1pm to 3pm.
The group offers a warm welcome to everyone with diabetes as well to family and friends. If you’d like to learn more about the programme of events offered by the group contact Vincent Kelly, (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org or Hazel Abey (Secretary) email@example.com
Your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP)
Certain groups of people are at high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes but you can help prevent it by making some changes to your lifestyle - eating healthily, being more active and losing weight.
First you must find out if you are at high risk of developing the condition and all you need to know is your waist size and weight. You must be 18 or over to complete this health check and please note the results will not be accurate if you are pregnant.
Please use this link to access the health check - Type 2 Diabetes - Know Your Risk
If you're at moderate or high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, please contact your practice nurse or GP to arrange the necessary blood tests to confirm your risk to Type 2 Diabetes. If required they will be able to refer you to your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) service for help and support in preventing Type 2 diabetes.
Find out more about the programme and what to expect on the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
The NHS Programme provides great support and benefits with the risk of Type 2 diabetes significantly reduced if people make positive changes to their diet, weight and increase the amount of physical activity they do.
Local DPP courses in Lincolnshire
Here in North East Lincolnshire we have had many successful courses with the Programme since it started back in June 2016, with 100% of our GP Practices taking part. Our referrals, uptake and retention on the programme have been positive.
To date 7600 individuals across Lincolnshire have been referred to the programme as part of over 121 groups that have either ran or are currently running.
If you would like to hear about some of the successes locally, here are two examples of people who have benefited greatly from attending a course.
Cally - (DPP Course Grimsby)
You can also read more stories from people in other areas running the DPP courses - DPP Success Stories