GPs in Kirklees are highlighting the importance of knowing the symptoms of diabetes and seeking advice from a health professional when needed.
There are almost 26,000 people living with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) in Kirklees and an estimated 10,000 at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Research shows that people with diabetes are at a greater risk of dying with Covid-19. People who have diabetes will understand now, more than ever, why it’s important to manage the condition.
Dr Khalid Naeem, Chair of North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s important that people continue to attend their routine appointments. Some of these may be held through online consultation or by telephone, but we can still offer advice and prescribe if necessary. We will arrange face to face appointments for further tests or investigation if it’s required. We are taking steps to keep people safe in our clinics.”
Knowing what to look out for and seeking medical advice early can lead to better outcomes. Key signs of diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2, include the 4 Ts:
- Toilet – going to the toilet a lot?
- Thirsty – unable to quench your thirst?
- Tired – feeling more tired than usual?
- Thinner – losing weight?
Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s said: “The earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment started the better. Early treatment reduces your risk of other health problems such as heart disease and stroke. If you think you might have diabetes, or are concerned about your diabetes, please get in touch with your GP practice. We want to hear from you.”
NHS England launched a range of online tools and telephone support during Diabetes Week for people living with Type 1 diabetes during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Digibete: Children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families will be able to use the DigiBete App and websitefor a wide range of awareness, education, training and support resources.
- MyType1Diabetes: Adults with Type 1 diabetes can access the service directly by visitingnhs.uk, it includes videos and eLearning courses, to help people understand more about their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it.
- NHS Diabetes Advice telephone line for adults who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate advice from a team of clinical advisors. 0345 123 2399. Available Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm.
Further information about this support can be given by your GP practice.