Living with diabetes

If you are living with diabetes there is a lot that you can do that will help you to take control of your diabetes and avoid problems. Your GP can support you to do this.

You can help manage your diabetes by:

  • Taking your medication and insulin properly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight – this will help control your blood glucose level
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Stopping smoking
  • Staying active
  • Checking your feet every day
  • Going for regular check-ups

The Know Diabetes programme is here to help everyone affected by diabetes in North West London. Whether it's signposting you to the best help, eating more healthily or checking yourself – Know Diabetes can help you make small, practical changes that boost your health and wellbeing.

Find out more about:

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

Blood sugars, blood cholesterol and blood pressure

Feet, heart, eyes and kidneys

Taking care of your mental health

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
Monks Park
Tel: 020 8453 5965