This Diabetes Week, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people who are concerned that they may have diabetes, that their GP is still there to provide them with help and support.
If left untreated, diabetes can affect many major organs, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. The threat posed to people with diabetes by COVID-19 makes it more important than ever for people who think they may have the condition, to have it diagnosed as soon as possible, so their GP can work with them to manage their condition and reduce the risk of complications.
The common symptoms of diabetes include going to the toilet a lot to urinate, especially at night; being really thirsty; and feeling more tired than usual. More information about symptoms can be found on Diabetes UK’s website: www.diabetes.org.uk
People are at greater risk of developing the most common and preventable type of diabetes, Type 2, if they are overweight or obese, aged over 40, or aged over 25 if they are of South Asian, Chinese, African Caribbean or black African origin, even if they were born in the UK.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Diabetes can have serious impacts on people’s health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If someone is experiencing symptoms, or know somebody who is, especially if they are in an at-risk group, the NHS is still there to help them. They should contact their GP as soon as possible, as an early diagnosis can help to reduce the risk of complications. GP practices are still open during COVID-19, please call them for help and support.
“People can also contact a dedicated national telephone helpline on 0345 123 2399, which provides access specialist information and advice. People can call for support or just to have a chat with someone who knows about diabetes.”