- There are two main forms of diabetes Type 1 (early onset) and Type 2 (late onset) diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high.
- It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.
- It’s a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life. You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.
- It’s caused by problems with a chemical in the body (hormone) called insulin. It’s often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of type 2 diabetes.
What is Diabetes ?
What is Type 2 Diabetes ?
Your Annual Diabetic review during Covid 19 Pandemic
It is recommended to have a Diabetic check on an Annual basis. During this check you are reviewed by a nurse who will do a blood test, check your blood pressure, check your feet and discuss any concerns you have.
We have to work differently to help manage your diabetes during this Covid 19 pandemic.
We are risk profiling all Patients with Diabetes. If you are moderate or high risk we will contact you for an annual review.
If you do not hear from us please only contact the practice to speak to a nurse if you are concerned about your condition.
This following section will help guide you on how to perform some of the physical checks yourself. We will give you the option of performing your annual review remotely with the support of your Diabetic Nurse. The ‘How to’ sections below provide links to YouTube videos. Please use this section to complete the annual diabetic review form online.
Blood Pressure measurement: We would recommend measuring your blood pressure for the review in the morning and evening for at least 3 days. Please see the document below that explains home blood pressure monitoring.
How to measure your Blood Pressure
The Diabetic Foot check: It is very important to care for and check your feet on a regular basis. Please speak to your diabetic nurse if you have any concerns about your feet.
How to test your feet for sensitivity
Measuring your Body Mass Index: This is also very important to track your diabetes.
How to measure your BMI
Glucose self monitoring: If you are on insulin or certain blood sugar lowing medications you will need to monitor your blood sugar closely. The majority of people with diabetes do not need to do this. Please check the clip below.
How to measure your blood sugar
Advice on sick day rules: It is very important you are aware of what to do if you are unwell and are taking certain medications for diabetes. Please see this extremely useful leaflets below. The first leaflet is for TYPE 2 diabetics. The second leaflet is for TYPE 1 diabetics.
Driving advice: Please read the links below that offer advice on driving and diabetes. Please read this especially if you are on insulin or gliclazide.