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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 including blindness and serious kidney problems.

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 will invite every patient aged 65 and over to have a blood test every year.
We will also invite every patient aged 45-64 who has any one of the known risk factors to have the screening blood test every year.
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

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Diabetes requires significant patient involvement to ensure best management. We see it all from the patients who do not modify what they eat, require more & 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 fat diet significantly reduce their risk of developing complications.

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