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If you have diabetes then look after your kidneys

Posted on the 10th March 2017

On the occasion of World Kidney Day UK 2017 on 9 March, health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are calling on people with diabetes to realise that uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure can result in kidney failure.

As a result, people living with diabetes are being called on to educate themselves about the condition using the Trust’s DESMOND programme, a national initiative that is designed to support people living with Type 2 diabetes and share experiences with others.

Christine Elwell, Diabetes Education Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:  “Our kidneys play a crucial role, filtering around 180 litres of blood every day. Unfortunately, kidney disease is common and can affect anyone, but if you’ve got uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure then you are at greater risk. There are a staggering number of people in the UK living with diabetes and the numbers are estimated to increase. In the UK alone there are some 3.5 million people diagnosed with the condition and a further 549,000 who have the condition but do not know. It is, therefore, crucial that people living with diabetes know how to successfully manage their condition and this is where DESMOND can significantly help.”

DESMOND is open to people with TYPE 2 Diabetes however long they have had a diagnosis of diabetes. You can self-refer or be referred in by health professionals. The idea is to empower people to self-manage their diabetes, improve glycaemic control, and reduce blood pressure, weight and waist circumference.

Attending a DESMOND session will help someone to understand how food, activity and medication affect their diabetes control, what the long term risks of living with Type 2 diabetes are and how an individual might reduce these risks.

A team of nurses, dietitians, podiatrists and lay educators from the Diabetes Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are trained to deliver DESMOND to small groups of people with Type 2 diabetes. The sessions are free and attendees are welcome to bring along a partner, family member or friend.

To find out more, contact the DESMOND office on 01772 777620 or email desmond@lancashirecare.nhs.uk. Alternatively, speak to your GP, practice nurse or health care professional. For general advice on any form of diabetes, call the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk

World Kidney Day UK 2017 is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. For more information about World Kidney Day in the UK visit: www.worldkidneyday.co.uk.