Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.
This is because your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly.
Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter the body’s cells, where it is used as fuel for energy so we can work, play and generally live our lives. It is vital for life. If you have diabetes, your body cannot make proper use of this glucose so it builds up in the blood and can’t be used as fuel.
There are two main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes – There is no insulin to unlock the cells
Type 2 diabetes – There is not enough insulin or the insulin is there but not working properly
Symptoms of diabetes:
- Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
- Increased thirst
- Extreme tiredness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Blurred vision
What help is available?
In Brent 10.5 per cent of residents (23,210 people) are living with diabetes and are at risk of a range of complications (including heart disease, kidney disease and loss of sight) and 17 per cent of all deaths in Brent are attributable to diabetes.
Brent Council has funded the Diabetes UK community champions programme. The champions are 15 Brent residents who were recruited and trained as volunteers to educate and raise diabetes awareness in the community. For more information see the Diabetes UK website here.
The Brent Integrated Diabetes Service (BIDS) focusses on Type 2 diabetes patients in primary care and community settings, provides greater support to the GP practices in the borough. The service also offers intensive support for patients to self-manage their condition through the DESMOND (diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed) programme and a greater emphasis on weight management and diet.
Commissioned by Brent CCG and provided by Brent Community Services (part of London North West Healthcare Trust), BIDS is accessible via your GP only.
For more information on this service, please see the London North West Healthcare Trust website here and speak to your GP.
You can also contact the team on:
Monks Park Primary Care Centre
Tel: 020 8453 5965