County Durham and Darlington residents can learn more about preventing and managing type 2 diabetes this World Diabetes Day.
There are currently 42,000 people living with type two diabetes in County Durham and Darlington, but many of these cases could have been prevented.
On Thursday November 14, there will be a marquee near the Joseph Pease statue in Darlington for individuals of all ages to learn more on ways to prevent and manage the condition.
Type 2 diabetes is caused when an individual’s body cannot produce enough insulin, which leads to high blood sugar levels. Common symptoms include feeling very thirsty, passing urine frequently and tiredness.
The upcoming World Diabetes Day event has been organised by NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS North Durham CCG, NHS Darlington CCG and NHS County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT).
There will be lots of fun activities to enjoy, including face painting, quizzes and food models. Attendees can also talk to experts in the field of diabetes.
Dr Praveen Partha, Clinical Lead for Diabetes and Endocrinology at CDDFT, said: “The event is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about diabetes, obesity and have access to expert advice.
“There’ll be lots of great entertainment and it promises to be a great day. You can even get involved by taking a selfie with the World Diabetes Day circle!
“A few consistent lifestyle and diet changes can make a huge difference. Even if you don’t have type 2 diabetes, small lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk of ever being diagnosed. This event will help get this message across for a high number of people.
“Get yourself along on Thursday if you can!”
There are a number of so-called “at-risk groups” of developing contracting type 2 diabetes, including anyone who is overweight or has a close relative with diabetes.
Without the right treatment, type two diabetes can lead to a series of health problems, including heart disease, stroke and loss of feeling in feet. This can lead to ulcer and amputation.
The NHS stand will offer advice on how best to manage diabetes and ensure these potential problems are avoided.
Dr Partha continued: “On the day we can get individuals signed up to the X-Pert diabetes programme, which helps increase self-management skills and improve control.
“It could help change your life!”
If you are concerned about your risk of developing type two diabetes, visit https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start.