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Let’s talk diabetes  

Diabetes Week

Local people are invited to find out more about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of diabetes at a special event.

The Brent Integrated Diabetes Service (BIDS), part of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, will be hosting an event on Thursday 15 June from 11am-4pm at the Brent Civic Centre.

The event is free to attend and healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions and provide advice on how individuals can reduce their risk of diabetes and manage the symptoms. Interactive stalls will also provide further information about diet, foot care, exercise and lifestyle coaching.

Dr Koteshwara Muralidhara, Consultant Physician in Endocrinology and Diabetes, said: “Brent is among the top five boroughs in the country for diabetes prevalence, with over 25,000 people living with diabetes in the borough. The prevalence is higher among the black, Asian, and minority ethnic populations. 

“Raising awareness of diabetes and focusing on the prevention of risk factors, such as obesity, have emerged as key factors in fighting against its growing prevalence and I hope people will join us on Thursday to find out how they can spot the signs, symptoms and risk factors of diabetes.”

The ‘Let’s Talk Diabetes’ event coincides with Diabetes Week, which runs from 11-17 June. Run by Diabetes UK, the week aims to raise awareness of the condition and raise vital funds for their work. 

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.

The Brent Integrated Diabetes Service (BIDS) was launched in October 2014 and strives to deliver high quality specialist diabetes care in the community and closer to the homes of patients. The service offers specialist diabetes clinics across all Brent localities and aims to support 67 GP practices in providing enhanced diabetes care.

About diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, caused by different things, but they are both serious and need to be treated and managed properly.

Type 1 diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells, meaning no insulin is produced. This causes glucose to quickly rise in the blood.
  • Nobody knows exactly why this happens, but science tells us it’s got nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
  • About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1

Type 2 diabetes:

  • In Type 2 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly, meaning glucose builds up in the blood.
  • Type 2 diabetes is caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. Up to 58 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be delayed or prevented through a healthy lifestyle.
  • About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2

  For more information about diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.uk