Birmingham and Solihull CCG have launched a campaign to promote awareness of support available for people with type 2 diabetes to actively manage their health.

The My Diabetes Health Programme has been designed to help people understand medical terms, give practical advice about how to improve their health and physical activity.

In Birmingham and Solihull about 8-10% of the population has diabetes. That’s over 110,000 people. This is a lot higher than other parts of the UK.

There are 3.9 million people living with type 2 diabetes in the UK and through the My Diabetes Health Programme they can be supported to manage the condition themselves.

There are a number of free courses provided across Birmingham and Solihull. You can contact your GP or Nurse to find out what is available locally.

The courses will offer you support and information about how best to look after yourself.

By making simple, easy changes, you may be able to reduce your symptoms and lead a longer, healthier life.

Dr Atif Hassan, Diabetes Clinical Lead at Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar or glucose. It can have serious health consequences. However, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives.

“We will be out and about in communities – come and talk to us to find out more about type 2 diabetes and how the My Diabetes Health Programme can help you and your family.”

My Diabetes events:

  • Sunday 31  March, 10am-2pm, Guru Nanak Gurdwara, 629-631 Stratford Rd,              Birmingham B11 4LS
  • Saturday 6 April, 10am-2pm, St Andrews Shopping Centre, 280 Coventry Rd, Small      Heath, Birmingham B10 0XA (Outside Morrisons)
  • Saturday 11 April, 10am-2pm, Mell Square Shopping Centre, Centre Management        Suite, 44a Drury Lane, Solihull, B91 3BG