Diabetes is a common life-long health condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high because the body cannot use it properly.
There are two main types of diabetes:
Type 1 – where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin.
Type 2 – where the pancreas doesn't produce enough.
Diabetes is a priority area for the NHS, due to its impact on the population and NHS services.
It is estimated that five million people in England are at high risk of type 2 diabetes with an estimated 1.5 million people at risk in the Midlands & East region alone. There are three work streams dedicated to diabetes:
- The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
- Diabetes Treatment and Care
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) will identify those at high risk and refer them onto a behaviour change programme. The Programme provides face-to-face support for patients at risk of developing diabetes, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, physical activity, problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives.
Diabetes and Wellbeing
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with this health condition for a long time, managing diabetes can be tough. Some people report feeling overwhelmed having to manage their medication and attend medical appointments. Others report finding it difficult to make some of the lifestyle changes necessary to cope with diabetes.
It is very common to feel worried, anxious or low mood at times, however having diabetes does not mean you shouldn't be able to live well and enjoy life.
Health in Mind are working alongside GPs and health professionals in mid Essex to provide better support to patients with diabetes. Treatment offered includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is effective at reducing symptoms of low mood, anxiety and other emotional problems.
For more information and details of how you can self refer click here.