Diabetes sufferers offered support

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 June 2015

Diabetes Awareness Week.

Diabetes Awareness Week.

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ADULTS across North Somerset are being urged to ditch unhealthy breakfasts and ‘go to work on an egg’ by health chiefs.

The statement has been issued by healthcare authority the North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to encourage people to eat a healthy breakfast as part of Diabetes Awareness Week, which started on Monday and ends today (Sunday).

Some of the tips on offer include swapping unhealthy breakfast options, such as pastries, fried food, sweetened yoghurt and sugary drinks, for healthy choices like wholegrain bread, eggs, fresh fruit, leafy vegetables, lean meat, fish and nuts.

The CCG is also keen to point anyone who has been diagnosed as diabetic towards a range of support groups across the area.

Its service improvement manager Susie McMullen said: “A diagnosis of diabetes can be an alarming and worrying thing and it’s important that anyone receiving such a diagnosis is aware of the support available to them.

“North Somerset has three excellent diabetes support groups who are keen to hear from anyone living with the condition.

“The CCG supports the groups by arranging for GPs and specialist diabetes nurses to speak regularly at meetings. They advise people about living with the condition and can offer lifestyle changes which can improve a sufferer’s health and quality of life.

“Specialist diabetes nurses, who work with the North Somerset Community Partnership, also help people with diabetes live with the condition and take the necessary steps to help minimise the complications which can arise through it.”

The Weston diabetes support group, which is based at the Churchill unit of Weston General Hospital in Uphill, meets at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month. Other support groups also meet in Nailsea and Portishead.

For more information, call 01934 628985.

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