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Moreton, CH46 1SG

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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes is a key topic for us at Blackheath. As a disease it is becoming more common, and there are now over twice as many diabetics than there were 10-15 years ago.

As a practice we aim to diagnose diabetes as early as possible, and to ensure that our patients with diabetes receive the best possible care and advice.

Why is diabetes important?

Diabetes is associated with a significant increase in the risk of developing heart disease (heart attacks & angina), stroke, blocked leg arteries (leading to a risk of amputation), severe eye problems, and serious kidney problems.

Diabetes can affect the eyesight, forcing some to stop driving. It is the leading cause of blindness in the UK.

Diagnosing diabetes as early as possible and managing it effectively helps to reduce the risk of developing these important complications.

Diagnosing diabetes as early as possible

The preferred screening test is a blood test.
We check for diabetes on most blood tests done in the practice. Additionally, our computer system calculates the patient's QDiabetes risk score during consultations, and prompts the clinician if a diabetes check is appropriate.
For more information about QDiabetes, please see this link.
If a screening test comes back abnormal, patients will be invited to have further tests.
The most important thing most people can do to reduce their risk of developing diabetes is to lose weight - most of our diabetics are overweight at the time of diagnosis. Taking more exercise is also important - a 20 minute walk as briskly as you can at least three days weekly at the very least.

Optimising care of known diabetics

Maximising diabetes care is important for many reasons:

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Diabetes requires significant patient involvement to ensure best management. We see it all in the practice, from the patients who do not modify what they eat, require more and more drugs for their worsening diabetes, and develop diabetic complications, to those who really take the bull by the horns, modify their diet, take more exercise, and require fewer or no drugs.
Those that lose weight, take more exercise to the best of their ability, and switch to a low carbohydrate diet significantly reduce their risk of developing complications.

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