Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.

There are two main types of diabetes, which are explained below:

  • Type I diabetes
  • Type II diabetes

Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy.

However, in people with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly.

Our specialist diabetes team will provide you with support, regular reviews and the day-to-day care of your needs.

All Diabetic patients are entitled to an annual review. The Practice will normally contact you if yours is due. The review takes place in two parts – a data collection appointment and where appropriate, a follow up care plan appointment. If you feel you have been missed, or require a more urgent review, then please contact the Practice to arrange an appointment.

At the initial data collection appointment, your blood pressure, weight, urine, feet and well-being will be checked. It is necessary for you to bring an early morning urine sample with you. Following your initial appointment, a care plan booklet will be sent to you and if necessary, an appointment with your GP or one of our specialist nurses will be arranged.

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites

Please find below information and links to various resources that are offered through the Knowdiabetes.org website.  

The Know Diabetes Service

The Know Diabetes Service is helping people in North West London with diabetes and those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to live their lives to the full. It provides tips, advice, videos, resources, online education, helpful emails and information on programmes and courses to help you better manage your condition. It also lets you view your online health record with your latest test results. Register for your account here today.

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will give you the tools and information you need to make small lifestyle changes to reduce your risk. Learn more about the programme and type 2 diabetes prevention here

Diabetes Remission: The REWIND programme

If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, the REWIND programme can help you to lose weight, reduce medication and even achieve remission (reverse your diabetes). Find out more about the programme here.