North Herts patients team up to tackle diabetes
Patients from GP practices across north Hertfordshire have teamed up with Diabetes UK to warn people about the dangers of diabetes. The number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has more than doubled in the last 20 years, with 4.7 million people in the UK now living with the condition.
To mark Diabetes Prevention Week (Monday 1 April to Sunday 7 April 2019) patient participation groups and NHS East and North Hertfordshire CCG have planned a public awareness session, ‘Dealing with Diabetes’. Experts from Diabetes UK and local healthcare professionals will highlight the simple steps we can all take to avoid a diagnosis.
Dr Simon Chatfield, North Hertfordshire Locality Lead GP at the CCG said:
“Someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every two minutes, and we already know that of the 36,000 people registered with GP practices in Letchworth more than 2,000 have diabetes. That is 1 person in every 18 who live in the town.
“There are ways to reduce your risk and potentially save an extra 10 years of your life. We want to help people by giving them advice on how to maintain a healthy weight, eat well, and keep active.”
‘Dealing with Diabetes’ is a free event on Wednesday 3 April 2019, 7 – 8.30pm at St Michael’s Parish Hall, Letchworth Garden City. Light (and healthy!) refreshments will be provided.
To book a free place please visit www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/DealingWithDiabetes or call us on 01707 685 397.
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