More than 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes and 13.6 million people are now at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
850,000 people are currently livin with type 2 diabetes but are yet to be diagnosed.
You can find more information about what diabetes is and the support available via the Diabetes UK website
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience the main symptoms of diabetes, which include:
- feeling very thirsty
- peeing more frequently than usual, particularly at night
- feeling very tired
- weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
- itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
- cuts or wounds that heal slowly
- blurred vision
Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly over weeks or even days.
Many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because the early symptoms tend to be general.
Pre-Diabetes information Prescriptions
What is Pre-Diabetes?
It is when your blood sugar level is higher than it should be but not high enough for your doctor to diagnose diabetes.
- Eating well to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Being active to reduce your riskof Type 2 diabetes
If you have a blood test result showing you are pre-diabetic you can speak to our nurse for lifestyle advice to help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Diabetes review appointment
You have been invited for a diabetes review. This is a 30 minute appointment that requires you to attend the practice to see one of our nurses. This is because they will need to do a physical examination called a foot check and take a blood pressure reading. To help with your review you can fill out a diabetes review questionnaire online. This can be reviewed by the nurse prior to your appointment.
You will usally be called by the practice to book your appointment as a blood test is needed for the nurse to monitor how controlled your diabetes is. However, if you receive a text from us to book this means you have up-to-date bloods the nurse is able to review. This can be booked via your online service
Failure to attend this appointment can result is a deterioration of your condition, accident and emergency attendances and delays with prescriptions.
You will need to come to the practice to collect the blood test requests and have your appointment booked around one week after your test. This is to ensure the practice has received your results. You can book a blood test online at three locations within Waltham Forest.
Need to book a blood test? Make sure your have the test request.
After your appointment
Our practice nurse may ask you to visit this page to look at Diabetes Information Prescriptions, these sheets are here to help you better understand your condition and how you can control it.