HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●» WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG). AL­MOST one in 20 peo­ple in eastern Cheshire are living with di­a­betes and the num­ber is grow­ing all the time.

Im­prov­ing di­a­betes care is one of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG’s key pri­or­i­ties, which we are work­ing to tackle through a num­ber of means – not least our up­com­ing StopandGo event.

The con­fer­ence, which the CCG is co-host­ing, will bring to­gether clin­i­cians, res­i­dents and tech­nol­ogy providers to dis­cuss how we can build in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy into di­a­betes care and help peo­ple to live well.

StopandGo is free and will take place on June 12 at The Alder­ley Park Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Alder­ley Park, Macclesfield. Sign up at eventbrite. co.uk/e/16749351762.

Un­der­stand­ing di­a­betes, its causes, and how best to man­age it, is key to avoid­ing the long term health risks which in­clude stroke, heart attack, blind­ness and am­pu­ta­tions.

Em­pow­er­ing peo­ple with the knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy, as well the most ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­ca­tions and life­styles, will help fight a con­di­tion that costs the NHS £10 bil­lion a year.

Ef­fec­tive self­man­age­ment of di­a­betes is vi­tal, as there were more than 500 emer­gency hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions caused by di­a­betes in eastern Cheshire in 2014-15, cost­ing close to £900,000.

What’s more, there are 4,515 peo­ple reg­is­tered as hav­ing di­a­betes in the Macclesfield, Poyn­ton, Bolling­ton and Dis­ley ar­eas, and an equal num­ber are likely to de­velop the con­di­tion in the next few years.

This fig­ure may sound alarm­ing, yet di­a­betes can be man­aged very ef­fec­tively once di­ag­nosed and the risk of de­vel­op­ing it can be cut dras­ti­cally by los­ing weight, in­creas­ing ex­er­cise and re­duc­ing sugar and car­bo­hy­drate in­take.

Type 2 di­a­betes is by far the most com­mon type, and is re­lated to a seden­tary life­style and obe­sity.

Symptoms are rare, so it’s worth­while check­ing your blood sugar at health screen­ing checks, which are of­fered to all over 40-year-olds at surg­eries and many phar­ma­cies.

Visit nhs.uk/Livewell/ Di­a­betes for more in­for­ma­tion.

Type 1 di­a­betes is more com­mon in younger peo­ple and can de­velop quickly over weeks or even days.

The main symptoms of Type 1 di­a­betes, and oc­ca­sion­ally in poorly con­trolled Type 2 di­a­betes, are: ●» Feel­ing very thirsty ●» Uri­nat­ing more fre­quently than usual, par­tic­u­larly at night ●» Feel­ing very tired ●» Weight loss and loss of mus­cle bulk ●» Re­cur­rent in­fec­tions, es­pe­cially skin, urine and thrush in­fec­tions. ●» Blurred vi­sion (caused by the lens of the eye be­com­ing dry).

If you have more than one of th­ese symptoms and sus­pect you may have di­a­betes, see your GP.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion, visit nhs.uk/Con­di­tions/ Di­a­betes.

●» Dr Paul Bowen

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