World Diabetes Day

Every 14th November, we observe World Diabetes Day. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the disease, support those who have been affected, share information on any medical advancements, and educate others on the importance of diagnosis. This year, a key part of the campaign is to rewrite the story for everyone who will be diagnosed in the future. 

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and could benefit from extra help, read on to discover how residential care in Chadwell Heath, Romford can provide the necessary support you need to live well. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious and chronic condition that affects people of all races, genders and ages all over the world. In the UK, diabetes affects more than 3 million people. 

The condition occurs when your blood glucose levels are too high. This can occur when your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it produces isn’t working as it should. While our bodies require glucose as energy for everyday living, if insulin isn’t working properly, glucose stays in the blood which can lead to health problems. 

The 2 main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. With type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t make insulin at all. With type 2 diabetes, the insulin produced is not effective. 

The importance of World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day began in 1991 in response to growing concerns of the health risks posed by diabetes. It is marked annually on the 14th November to honour the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the man who co-discovered insulin. As the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, World Diabetes Day reaches a global audience of over one billion people. The purpose is to drive the importance of taking action to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue. 

Diabetes and the effects on elderly people

Living with diabetes brings newfound changes to daily living and may require significant lifestyle changes to manage symptoms and live well. People diagnosed with diabetes are more at risk for developing a stroke or coronary heart disease. If left untreated, the condition can also lead to dental problems, blindness and nerve damage. Some common symptoms of diabetes include increased levels of fatigue, blurred vision, unintentional weight loss and cuts or wounds that take longer to heal. It’s also common to feel thirsty even though using the toilet more than usual. Being diagnosed with diabetes can also have an effect on mental health. 

Support and care at Rowallan House

Support from our experienced and dedicated carers can help you manage the associated risks of diabetes and manage daily symptoms. We can provide practical support such as assistance with medication and checking glucose levels. We can also help monitor food intake and encourage hydration throughout the day. With the support from our team of compassionate carers, it’s completely possible for people diagnosed with diabetes to enjoy a rich, fulfilled life. 

Get in touch 
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with diabetes and could benefit from extra support in our cosy home away from home, please feel free to get in touch or call us on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175. Our welcoming staff is here to answer any of your questions or provide more information.