National Diabetes Prevention Programme
A record number of people in the UK are living with Type 2 diabetes. This figure has more than doubled since 1996. Sadly many people will experience potentially preventable complications because of diabetes, simply because they don’t know enough about their condition and how to manage it.
The good news is if you’re at risk of Type 2 diabetes there are lots of small changes you can make to prevent diabetes from developing in the first place. The first thing to do is find out if you are at risk.
Find out if you’re one of over 5 million people in the UK who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You can also make an appointment with your GP who can carry out a simple blood test and refer you if you are pre diabetic. This blood test will also be carried out at your NHS Health Check (if you are aged 40 to 74).
Greater Huddersfield have a team of Specialist Diabetes nurses who educate and support people with diabetes to help them control, understand and manage their diabetes and live as full a life as possible.
The Team run a number of clinics across Greater Huddersfield and work with consultants in the Out Patients department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Home visits are also available for the housebound.
In North Kirklees, this service is provided through Pinderfields Hospital
DESMOND is for Type 2 Diabetes
DESMOND is a way to learn more about Type 2 diabetes, it is a resource to help manage diabetes-related changes, it is a way to meet and share life experiences with others and they provide a group of education programmes designed for people with diabetes.
DAFNE – for Type 1 Diabetes
Currently, DAFNE involves attending a 5 day training course with around 7 other people who also have type 1 diabetes. The group meet again 6-8 week later for a half day follow up. The structured teaching programme is run by a trained diabetes specialist nurse and diabetes specialist dietitian. It focuses on skills and built around group work covering topics including carbohydrate counting, managing diabetes, insulin actions, eating out to name but a few.
A new online support for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families, will be able to use the DigiBete App and website for a wide range of awareness, education, training and support resources.
Adults with Type 1 diabetes can access the service directly by visiting www.myType1diabetes.nhs.uk It includes videos and eLearning courses, to help people understand more about their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it.
Diabetes UK – Know diabetes. Fight diabetes. | Diabetes UK – A website covering how to prevent type 2 diabetes, and help and support for people and their families living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Honeyzz – diabetes support group
Working across Kirklees, their primary aim is to raise the awareness of diabetes and they hold regular support groups