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Diabetes FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for People Living With Diabetes – What Should I Do?

Q. What are the signs and symptoms of Diabetes?

A. If you are worried or want to know more about signs and symptoms of Diabetes please click here for more information https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/diabetes-symptoms.

Q. What changes should I make if I have been diagnosed with Diabetes?

A. Diabetes education is essential for successful diabetes management. Please speak to your healthcare professional to discuss referral to the DESMOND patient education programme. For general information on what diabetes care can you expect please click the following Diabetes UK link https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/15-healthcare-essentials.

Q. When I am sick what is the best way of managing my diabetes?

A. Being ill can upset your diabetes management, so you need to know what to do to keep your blood glucose (sugar) levels as close to target as possible. Some people will know these as sick day rules. For further information click https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/life-with-diabetes/illness#Illness

Q.What should I do if Iโ€™m worried about my feet?

A. If your foot is red, warm, swollen , there bleeding or there is a break in the skin or weeping onto your socks or stockings contact your GP surgery for an urgent review. This could be a foot attack which requires immediate referral to a specialist podiatrist.

Further information available here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications/feet

Q. What if I am feeling worried or anxious?

A. You are not alone – Information about services in your area offering emotional health and wellbeing for people living with diabetes is available here: https://www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/diabetes-draft-page/emotional-health-and-wellbeing/