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Help at hand for people with diabetes in Chorley

Posted on the 25th October 2017

People with Type 2 diabetes in Chorley are invited to come and meet members of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Diabetes Service at Chorley Market on Tuesday 31 October where they will be at hand to discuss Type 2 diabetes and how best to manage the condition.

Health professionals from the Diabetes Education Service will be available to speak to people about successfully living with and self-managing diabetes, living healthier lives and the availability of free diabetes self-management sessions known as DESMOND.

Alison Graham, Lead Practitioner with the Diabetes Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

There is an estimated 4.5 million people living with diabetes in the UK with around 1.1 million people who have the condition but have not been diagnosed. Additionally, some 11.9 million people in the UK are at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes. People living with the condition are at risk of developing health problems which can include renal disease, blindness, cardiovascular disease and lower limb amputation. Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes is by eating better, moving more and reducing your weight if overweight.

“We’ll be manning a stall at Chorley Market to encourage as many people as possible who live with Type 2 Diabetes to attend a DESMOND session. These sessions are designed to help people living with diabetes to understand their condition better, and how they can successfully manage it to keep themselves well.  The DESMOND programme ensures that we provide that education and it is important that anyone living with the condition knows there is free and helpful self-care programmes out there to support them.’’

DESMOND sessions are held on various days in the week in selected locations in North Lancashire, Greater Preston, Chorley, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and Blackburn with Darwen.

The next sessions in the Chorley area are as follows:

-       2 November and 13 November from 9.30am to 4.30pm - Cotswold Community Centre, Cotswold House, Cotswold Road, Chorley, PR7 3HW

-       17 November from 9.30am to 4.30pm - Coppull Community Clinic, 2 Springfield Road, Coppull, PR7 5EJ.

DESMOND is an acronym for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for On-going and Newly Diagnosed. 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. 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.