Diabetes Week takes place in June every year. It’s a time when residents can come together to share their stories and find out if they are at risk.
Talking about diabetes can be tricky, awkward, difficult, funny, and everything in between. From telling someone you’ve just met about your diabetes, to trying to explain carb counting to relatives or speaking with your doctor about concerns.
This Diabetes Week, we want to make it easier for you to have those conversations, with your doctor, your friends and family, and people you’ve just met. We want to get you talking.
Get involved in 2018:
- Join the conversation on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #diabetesweek #talkaboutdiabetes
- Complete the Know Your Risk tool to help you find out more about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next ten years.
- Download our list of events (PDF 317 KB) to find out more and get tested.
Know your risk
Diabetes UK have developed the quick and simple Know Your Risk tool to help you to find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next 10 years.
Diabetes services in Barnet
There are a number of services in Barnet that support people with diabetes or who are at risk of developing it.
Barnet is participating in the Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme.
The programme aims to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by providing education on healthy eating and lifestyle, weight loss support, and physical exercise. The programme is tailored and personalised to each individual's needs. You can take a friend, carer or family member along with you to the sessions for support.
You may be eligible for this programme if you:
- have had a blood test within the last 12 months showing an HbA1c or fasting blood sugar within the pre-diabetic range
- are 18 and over
- are not pregnant
- are able to take part in light to moderate physical activity
If you think you are eligible, speak to a healthcare professional at your GP surgery or take a look at the patient information patient information leaflet.
If you are healthcare professional who would like to refer a patient, please take a look at the information healthcare professional information leaflet.
The Barnet Community Diabetes Service, run by Central London and Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH), provides support to mainly adults with Type 2 diabetes in Barnet.
People with Type 1 diabetes are usually seen by the hospital diabetes team. Referrals must be from the GP surgery or other healthcare professionals.
The service is run by multidisciplinary teams at the following locations:
- Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, HA8 0AD
- Finchley Memorial Hospital, Granville Road, North Finchley, N12 0JE
- Vale Drive Health Centre, Vale Drive, EN5 2ED
Patients who are housebound can be seen at home.
For additional information please contact the Diabetes office on 020 8732 6824
CLCH also provide face to face, group education programmes for patients with newly diagnosed and established type 2 diabetes. They can help improve your knowledge of type 2 diabetes and help you to manage your condition effectively. The three programmes are:
- Diabetes First - for those who have been diagnosed in the last year or have never received diabetes education.
- D. PAGE - for those who are taking two or more tablets to control their diabetes.
- Diabetes insulin (B.iD) - for those who are already taking insulin or who require insulin to manage their diabetes.
|Diabetes First||Finchley Memorial Hospital||Mon, Thurs, Sat|
|Diabetes First||North Road Community Centre (5 minutes walk from Edgware Community Hospital)||Mon, Weds|
|D. PAGE||Finchley Memorial Hopsital||Tues|
|D. PAGE||Edgware Community Hospital||Tues|
|B.iD||Finchley Memorial Hospital||Thurs|
|B.iD||Edgware Community Hospital||Thurs|
Take a look at this leaflet for more information about the programmes and how they can help you. You can contact someone from the team on 020 8732 6233 if you're not sure which one is right for you. One to one support is available for those who require sessions in another language (including British Sign Language). Everyone is welcome to take a friend, carer or family member along with them for support.
For people who would like to improve their understanding of their diabetes and how to manage it, but are unable or do not want to attend a face to face programme, HeLP Diabetes: Starting Out is available. HeLP Diabetes is an online healthy living programme for type 2 diabetics. It is for newly diagnosed patients and for those with established diabetes. To register for the programme:
- Call 020 7431 9114
- Email your contact details to email@example.com
- Visit the HeLP Diabetes website.
The Barnet Diabetes UK group aims to provide support, companionship and information for people and their families living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings and there is no need to book. Just come along!
|Group meeting||Stephens House & Gardens, East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE||Alternative months, Weds, 19.15-21.00|
|Type 1 informal get together||The Tally Ho Pub, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12 0BP||Alternative months, Weds, 19.30-21.00|
|Type 2 informal get together||Trinity Church Hall, Nether Street (opposite Aldi), North Finchley,||Alternative months, Weds, 19.30-21.00|
For dates of the meetings and more information:
- Visit the events page of the Barnet Diabetes UK website.
- Call 020 8205 0668
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes UK Helpline
If you are diabetic and would like to talk to someone about your condition you can call the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399 from Monday to Friday, 9am–6pm, or email email@example.com. The Helpline is managed by trained counsellors.
In type 1 diabetes the body does not produce any insulin, causing blood sugar to rise quickly. Approximately 10% of people with diabetes have type 1. It is an auto-immune condition (the body attacks itself and destroys the cells that produce insulin) and cannot be prevented through diet or exercise.
In type 2 diabetes insulin is produced but there is either not enough of it or the body does not respond to it properly, causing a build up of blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes develops through interactions between the environment and genes; and it is responsible for around 90% of cases of diabetes. More than half of these can be delayed or prevented by making changes to your lifestyle, including increasing your physical activity and improving your diet.
Prediabetes is when the blood sugar is raised but it is not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Individuals with prediabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes can help to reduce this risk.
Take a look at our prediabetes patient infomation leaflet to see how you can reduce your risk of diabetes.