World Diabetes Day takes place annually on 14 November. Worldwide 463 million adults (1-in-11) are living with diabetes and that number is expected rise to 578 million by 2030.
The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. Nurses play a key role in:
Peter Weller, Executive Director of Nursing and Integrated Governance at the Trust paid tribute to nursing staff working in the specialism saying, “Nurses do an outstanding job to support patients in Tameside and Glossop living with a wide range of health concerns.
"People living with diabetes face a number of challenges and it is important to use World Diabetes Day to raise the profile of the condition but also to thank those working tirelessly to support those either living with or at risk from developing diabetes.”
1 in 2 people with diabetes don’t know that they have the condition. Professor Edward Jude, Tameside and Glossop IC FT’s Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrine and General Medicine said that although the focus on diabetes has been increasing, up to 24,000 people with diabetes in the UK are dying unnecessarily each year from causes that could be avoided through better management of their condition.
Prof Jude said: “The long-term consequences of poorly-controlled diabetes are numerous. Patients can develop eye problems, kidney problems or neuropathy, where nerves in the feet are damaged, causing reduced sensation and sometimes leg pain. Another long term consequence of poorly controlled diabetes is narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs caused by arterial disease. Although these consequences may seem extreme, they are common so it is really important that patients understand how to reduce the risk and speak to a clinician as there could be wider implications on their health.”
This year, for World Diabetes Day, Prof Jude has written some top tips for those living with diabetes: