The web-chat is now closed. You can read the questions and answers from the session above.
Local people were able to ask questions about diabetes to our team of NHS experts, as part of an online diabetes web-chat run by Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) for Diabetes Week 2017.
Specialist NHS diabetes experts were on hand to offer advice or answer questions about diabetes - such as how people can reduce their risk of developing the condition, how to confidently self manage their diabetes more effectively, or find out about the local services and support for people with diabetes in Richmond.
The online chat took place on Tuesday 13 June 2017 and local people were invited to visit this page and type their questions for our experts to answer.
The web-chat panel was made up of clinicians from HRCH NHS Trust, including a lead diabetes specialist nurse; and specialist diabetes dietitian.
Helen Church, lead diabetes specialist nurse at HRCH NHS Trust said:
“Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes – our web-chat was the ideal opportunity to ask questions to our team of experts and get answers quickly. We are here to support you and give you the confidence to self-manage your diabetes effectively, reducing the risks of long term complications.
“We can offer advice on how best to manage your diabetes and signpost you to other support services and introduce you to innovative ways of managing your diabetes in Richmond – including education sessions and NHS support, our new diabetes app or just answer your questions about day to day management.”
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood glucose level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. There are approximately 3.5 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in England. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million, with 90% of those affected having type 2 diabetes.
The charity Diabetes UK estimates that around 850,000 people in England have diabetes but haven't been diagnosed.