Living with Diabetes

Living with diabetes is difficult right now, faced with uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 and the recent news reports linking diabetes with an increased risk of dying from COVID-19  it is more important than ever to take control of your condition and access appropriate support when you need it.

With over 129,000  people across north east London living with diabetes it is vital that people are aware of the importance of accessing health services, managing their condition effectively and promoting the support mechanisms available. We have developed this page to bring together information about local health services as well as a range of reputable resources that you can access to help you in managing your condition through this period.

Diabetes Helpline

The NHS Diabetes Advice helpline is available to help insulin-treated people with diabetes during the COVID19 pandemic. If you need immediate clinical advice and can’t reach your usual care team call 0345 123 2399 (Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm).

Preventing Diabetes

There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes. There is strong evidence that demonstrates changing behaviour, by maintaining a healthy weight and being more active, can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at high risk and provides access to a supported behaviour change programme, now available digitally. Find out more, check your risk status and self-refer at https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/self-referral/

UPDATED: 11/06/2020