DIABETES sufferers are being given the chance to learn more about their condition through sessions being run at Eastbourne’s District General Hospital.
Anyone who has type 2 diabetes is encouraged to ask their GP to refer them to the scheme which will cover a host of topics including how diabetes is treated, what care to expect, complications of having diabetes and taking control of the condition.
Experts estimate that there are currently 2.6 million people with diabetes in the UK and an extra one million people who have the condition but do not know it.
The majority (around 85 per cent) have type 2 diabetes, which is a progressive disorder of high blood glucose and is common among the elderly all overweight. It is best treated with a healthy diet and regular physical activity but medication is often also required.
Laura Mackay, the diabetes specialist nurse who runs the programme, said, “Learning about managing your diabetes at home is just as important as the medical checks and other treatment you have at a GP surgery.
“These sessions provide information and advice so people can learn how to take care of themselves.
“Partners, friends and relatives are encouraged to come along as the support of loved ones helps the person with diabetes make and maintain healthy changes.”
The sessions are on the third and fourth Monday of each month at the DGH Diabetes Centre. For more information, ask your GP.