Diabetes Week 2020

8th to 14th June is a busy week! Not only is it Carers Week but it is also Diabetes Week 2020! 

During the COVID-19 pandemic many things have changed and this may have an impact on your diabetic control. Throughout this week we will be posting messages to support diabetic patients with diet/exercise/mental health and sick day rules.


Friday 12th June

Diabetes Week 2020: Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
Emotional and mental wellbeing is important in diabetic control and can be an increased problem during these uncertain times. Stress can affect your blood glucose levels. It is therefore important to try to find things to help you relax, such as hobbies you have enjoyed in the past which you can do in your own home. Keep in touch with friends and family (maintaining social distance rules as government guidelines).

Please click here for our surgery webpage and factsheet, which is full of information and user-friendly signposts to further support - https://www.stationdrivesurgery.co.uk/…/mental-health-wellb…

We also have our Mental Health Practitioner available and you can book telephone consultations with him by contacting the surgery.

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Thursday 11th June

Diabetes Week 2020: Exercise
Exercise has not been so easy in lockdown, but it is essential for helping to control your diabetes. You can access the NHS fitness studio for ideas on exercise at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

Remember, activities such as hoovering or taking the stairs all count towards exercise. Look at ways of counting your steps. Why not walk around the house during the tv adverts? All exercise helps.

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Wednesday 10th June

Diabetes Week 2020: Feet
In the Covid-19 pandemic, routine diabetic foot checks may have been postponed. It is essential that you check your feet on a daily basis. A mirror can assist you with this for those difficult to reach areas.

If there are any changes, or if you have any concerns, you can contact the surgery. A Nurse or GP will phone you back and discuss with you an ongoing plan of care, or arrange an appropriate review (either remotely or face to face).

A daily application of a moisturiser to feet is an important part of your diabetic foot care, but must not be applied between the toes.

You are less likely to develop foot problems if you take care of your feet. Please see the foot poster below for further guidance.

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Tuesday 9th June

Diabetes Week 2020: Diet
What should you be doing to maintain a healthy diet?
- Remember the importance of portion sizes
- Reduce carbohydrate and sugary foods and eat healthily
- Reduce snacking
- Have routine meals 3 x a day
- Eat a low carbohydrate diet
- Eat plenty of vegetables and salad
- Eat small portions of meat, fish and eggs

It is important to monitor our weight and help prevent excessive weight gain, as this can lead to poor diabetic control. Ensure you have adequate fluid intake and ensure any drinks are sugar free. Please also see the Eatwell Guide below.

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Monday 8th June

Diabetes Week 2020: Sick day Rules
If you have diabetes and you are not feeling well:
- Rest
- To help prevent dehydration, drink plenty of sugar free fluids
- If you normally check your blood glucose levels, then increase your testing whilst you are unwell to 4 x a day
- If you have Type 1 diabetes and are unwell you should check your blood ketone levels
- If you are vomiting, have diarrhoea and cannot keep fluids down, you need to speak with a health professional for advice
- If you are concerned or think you may have an infection, contact the GP surgery for advice.

For further information, please follow the link which will take you to our leaflets "Diabetes: What to Do When You Are Ill" - https://www.stationdrivesurgery.co.uk/news/diabetic-leaflets 



Eatwell Guide showing how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group. Please contact us if you require this in a different format.

Pictorial foot care guide. Please contact us if you require this in a different format.


Published: Jun 8, 2020