Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with Canary Wharf Group are turning One Canada Square blue to draw attention to World Diabetes Day (14 November).
The national campaign, led by the International Diabetes Federation, is this year raising awareness of women in particular and how small changes to one’s lifestyle can make big differences.
There are approximately 17,100 residents living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. From March 2016 – March 2017, there were 1,159 newly diagnosed residents. It is estimated that over 1,800 individuals living in the borough have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed.
Mayor John Biggs said: “Diabetes is not just a local concern, but a national one.
“We work in partnership with health care providers to ensure our residents have access to high quality care and continue to raise awareness of symptoms to help residents manage their conditions properly.”
John Garwood from Canary Wharf Group plc said: “Diabetes is a condition which is becoming increasingly common in the UK so we are delighted to help increase the profile of World Diabetes Day in our local community.”
Diabetes is a long-term condition that occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels becomes too high. There are two kinds of diabetes known as Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is less common and can develop very quickly over the course of weeks or even days, particularly in children and young people.
Type 2 Diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian, Black African and African-Caribbean descent. You are also more at risk if you have had a heart attack or stroke, if you have schizophrenia, bipolar or depression or have diabetes whilst pregnant.
Dr Werner Leber, Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at Tower Hamlets CCG, said:
“High rates of type 2 diabetes is a serious issue in Tower Hamlets, however, early diagnosis can support more effective management of the condition.
“We’re proud that Tower Hamlets is the country’s highest ranked CCG for cholesterol control in patients with diabetes and second highest for blood pressure control.
“If you’re concerned about changes in your health, or worried about a family history of diabetes, please make an appointment to see your GP so that any problems can be detected quickly.”
You can find out your risk of diabetes online at: www.diabetes.org.uk/
Regular symptoms for both types of diabetes include:
• increased urination
• increased thirst
• dry mouth
• and unexplained weight loss.
Cllr Denise Jones, lead member for adults and health services added: “Over 70 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles.
“Knowing and recognising the symptoms of diabetes is essential. If not managed well, diabetes can lead to complications such as blindness, lower limb amputation, kidney failure, heart disease and stroke.”
Eating a balanced diet and regular exercise can help prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. Increasing foods such as vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains and eating less fat can help prevent the risks.
For more information on World Diabetes Day visit http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/