Our practice follows national guidance and the recommendations of the Diabetes National Service Framework and the local C3G (clinical governance) programme.

We work with the Diabetic Department at Croydon University Hospital (CUH), Diabetic Specialist Nurses, Dietitians, Chiropodists, the CUH Eye Unit and local opticians to provide a package of care to monitor diabetes, maintain health and prevent complications.

Information about diabetes can be found on the Diabetes UK website at http://www.diabetes.org.uk

Type 1 diabetes develops if the body is unable to produce any insulin. This type of diabetes usually appears before the age of 40. It is treated by insulin injections and diet, and regular exercise is recommended.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). This type of diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40, though often appears before the age of 40 in South Asian and African-Caribbean people. It is treated by diet and exercise alone or by diet, exercise and tablets or by diet, exercise and insulin injections.

The main aim of treatment of both types of diabetes is to achieve blood glucose and blood pressure levels as near to normal as possible. This, together with a healthy lifestyle, will help to improve wellbeing and protect against long-term damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and major arteries.

Diabetes UK is the leading charity working for people with diabetes. They fund research, campaign and help people to live with the condition.

The mission of Diabetes UK is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes.

About 1.4 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes. This number is set to double by 2010. Another million probably have the condition but don’t know it.