Yesterday was World Diabetes Day, with this year's theme being 'Access to Diabetes Care'.
Worldwide, approximately 422 million people are affected by diabetes, and if left untreated, the condition and its complications can lead to health issues and economic hardships, especially for those unable to work and burdened with medical expenses. This emphasises the crucial need for equitable access to diabetes care to ensure that individuals receive the necessary treatment.
Within NW London, our Know Diabetes and Preventing Diabetes websites are a reliable source of information. Individuals with diabetes or those at risk can log in to view their results, download meal plans, and translate the website into over 100 different languages. Signing up is quick and easy using the NHS app.
As of now, 35,530 people with diabetes or at risk of type 2 diabetes in NW London have Know Diabetes or Preventing Diabetes accounts. Over the last two months, there have been 90,000 active users from NW London interacting with the service. More than 4,000 patients are enrolled in a structured education course, aiding them in effectively managing their condition.
For this year's World Diabetes Day, our Diabetes team reached out to all website account holders, emphasising the importance of education through eLearning, the Digital Weight Management program, and the GroHealth app. These resources play a significant role in helping individuals manage both their physical and mental wellbeing. Additionally, an online session on understanding type 2 diabetes has been scheduled for individuals from our Black African, South Asian, and Arabic communities on 22 and 23 November.
Please click the links above to take a look at both websites. For more comprehensive information about diabetes, you can also visit the NHS.UK website.