In Birmingham, about 8-10% of the population have a type of diabetes. That’s over 110,000 people. This is a lot higher than other parts of the UK and means that our local community spend more time at their GPs, talking about managing their condition and symptoms.
Across the UK more people have diabetes than cancer or dementia, but it is still very misunderstood, with many myths and misconceptions about the condition. Many people aren’t aware that there is more than one type of diabetes, but that’s where My Diabetes can help.
- Type 1 diabetes is a permanent, long-term condition meaning, once you get it, you have it for life.
- Type 2 is more common; 3.9 million people live with condition in the UK and can be managed by the patient themselves.
During March-April 2019, Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit was commissioned to talk to the public about the structured education programme My Diabetes, talking to them about:
“If a patient has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes they will be told that they will need to have some more appointments in the future, but to help patients manage their own conditions. Birmingham and Solihull CCG has developed a course to help teach you about your diabetes.
“My Diabetes has been designed to help patients understand medical terms, give practical advice about how to improve health with things like healthy, balanced meals and being more physically active.”
Six events were held:
- 23 March – Swan Shopping Centre
- 29 Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre
- Morrisons, Hagley Road
- Guru Nanak Gurdwara
- St Andrew’s Shopping Centre
- Mell Square Shopping Centre, Solihull
GP practices across Birmingham and Solihull were provided with a My Diabetes Health Programme toolkit in May 2019 to engage with patients and encourage them to join a free course to help manage their diabetes.
The underlying message was “There are lots of things that you can do to help look after yourself and by following some simple steps, you may reduce the need for medication!”
The aim of the course is:
- Help you to understand what diabetes is and what it means for your health now and in the future
- Support you to eat more healthily
- Give you hints and tips on physical activity and how to keep fit in your daily life.
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