SHE’S lived with diabetes for the past 15 years and knows how difficult it can be.
That’s why Christine Edwards, 71, has opted to get behind a ‘Taking Control’ campaign to raise awareness of the disease and how to deal with it.
Christine, from Waterlooville, said: ‘Managing diabetes can be demanding and it’s really not easy, especially when you are first diagnosed.
‘But the diabetes education course I attended really was life changing.
‘It gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to confidently manage my diabetes on a day to day basis.
‘It gave me more time to get on with living my life to the full.’
Christine has Type 2 diabetes and is now part of the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust team that delivers a scheme called Desmonds, an acronym for ‘Diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed’.
Diabetes UK south east regional manager Jill Steaton said tomorrow was World Diabetes Day and there was no better time for diabetes sufferers to take control of their lives.
Ms Steaton said: ‘Those who have just been diagnosed with diabetes or who have been living with the condition for some time, can find it difficult to get their heads around how to manage the condition.
‘But by attending a diabetes education course, they can instead feel empowered to take control and manage their condition with confidence.’
Ms Steaton said people who knew how to deal with diabetes well could improve their quality of life. She said the disease cost the NHS nearly £10 billion a year.
Ms Steaton said: ‘We have launched our Taking Control campaign to highlight the importance of good quality diabetes education.
‘We want to encourage everyone in Portsmouth who is living with diabetes to go and ask about a diabetes education course.’
Ms Steaton said there were more than 9,900 people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the Portsmouth area.
To find out more visit diabetes.org.uk/taking-control.