GPs encourage diabetes patients to stay well during the pandemic

GPs from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark are contacting patients by text to offer advice and support to people to help reduce their risk of their diabetes developing further.

Across South East London, over 99,000 people are affected by diabetes. The condition can lead to very serious long-term health problems and even blindness, kidney failure or loss of a limb.

Dr Neel Basudev, a GP in Lambeth said “this year, more than ever before, we are asking people to keep a close eye on their condition and to do things such as checking their feet for any new cuts, blisters, redness or swelling. By picking things up early, we can offer support to help manage and treat any changes. If patients do notice anything, we are here for you, please contact your GP or foot care provider.”

People affected by diabetes can also get a free flu jab this winter. More information about the flu and the flu jab is available here. You can book an appointment at a local pharmacy to get the flu vaccine here or contact your GP.

Although there are certain factors that affect the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, there is strong evidence to suggest maintaining a healthy lifestyle can delay or even prevent it. Those at risk may be eligible for support through the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, that provides guidance on diet, weight and being more active, all of which can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. There is also information available at www.nhs.uk/better-health to support people to keep well.

You can also find more information on diabetes and managing the condition on the Diabetes UK website here, including how to look after and check your feet.