Who to See: Dr Mark Bennett, Stella Odensanya, Ahmed Faheem, Romauld Kusonika
Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.
There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:
Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.
However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.These days diabetes can be treated very effectively through changes to the diet and a range of medications, including in some cases insulin. This will reduce the risk of it causing any problems in the long term. Without treatment diabetic patients run the risk of serious problems affecting almost every part of the body and including infections, kidney problems, heart problems and visual problems.
Because we know it can be a struggle to get up to the hospital for care we have developed our own diabetic clinic in both Manor Place and Sir John Kirk Close.
We aim to contact every diabetic patient twice a year and invite them to come in for a review, but we can offer more frequent appointments if needed at any time. Our specialist diabetes team will provide you with support, regular reviews and advice. Initial appointments are by referral from your doctor, so please talk to them if you are diabetic and have not had your invitation to attend.
Before your appointment you will be asked to attend to have a blood test to monitor your diabetes, this is very important as it helps the team give make any adjustments that might be necessary to your medical treatment. The diabetic team will also ensure that you have your annual eye check and can refer you for advice from the dietician if this would be helpful.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Videos from NHS Choices
Parents describe how they deal with a diabetic child including daily routines such as insulin injections and how children can life live to the full.
Chandler Bennet was diagnosed with Diabetes 1 in 2004. She explains what effect the diagnosis has on her life and the life of her family and friends
A consultant ophthalmologist describes how diabetes can affect your vision and the possible treatments.