Diabetes group offers one-to-one support
PUBLISHED: 15:22 20 January 2019
A support group for people with diabetes in Nailsea is raising awareness about the complications associated with the condition.
Nailsea, Backwell and District Support Group is offering one-to-one support sessions for people with diabetes to manage the condition and reduce the risk of further health problems.
The group is open to people from across North Somerset who have the condition or their carers.
Chairman Barbara Harris said: “The aim of the group is to improve peoples’ understanding and control of their condition and to thereby minimise complications. “Complications arising from poor control of diabetes include blindness, reduced mobility because of neuropathy, heart problems and kidney problems - these have a high personal cost as well as costing the NHS millions of pounds.
“Our group is open to anyone with diabetes or who cares for anyone with diabetes in our local areas, covering Nailsea, Backwell, Clevedon, Cleeve, Yatton, Congresbury, Flax Bourton, Barrow Gurney and Long Ashton.”
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
Type one diabetes cannot be prevented, but people can reduce the risk of getting type two diabetes by leading healthier lifestyles.
Constant high blood glucose levels can lead to heart disease and stroke, foot and circulation problems, blindness, nerve damage and kidney problems – which is why it is vital to manage the condition to reduce these risks.
It is hoped the new peer support sessions will help people to learn more about their condition so they can manage it better and reduce the risk of complications.
Barbara added: “We can give you information, help you access on-line resources or just chat with you and share your concerns and reassure you that you are not alone.”
The peer support sessions at Number 65 High Street will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to noon.
The group also holds evening meetings every third Wednesday of the month when speakers pop in to talk about research and treatments.
For more information call 01275 268810 or visit www.nailsea-diabetes.org.uk