Healthwatch have identified a lack of awareness of type 2 diabetes within North East Lincolnshire. This was identified through regular queries and experiences shared with Healthwatch staff. Due to the prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) and high smoking rates, residents are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
As part of Self-care week 2019, Healthwatch shared information about Type 2 Diabetes including the knowing the risks, what the symptoms are and managing the condition if you already have it to reduce risk of complications.
Healthwatch attended seven different venues throughout self-care week and shared information with 182 people. Healthwatch staff spoke with members of the public who had already received a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, but weren’t sure how to manage their condition and those who have been advised by healthcare professionals that they are “borderline” diabetic but weren’t sure how to reduce the risk of developing the condition. Information around annual health checks, foot checks, diet, lifestyle choices and recipe books were available.