the body controls the amount of sugar in the blood at a steady level
using hormones it makes, like insulin. As some people get older
their body gradually loses this ability, and the ‘blood sugar’
gets out of control. At first you don’t notice, but as it
goes on this can cause symptoms like the ones below.
If it is picked up early you can often regain control
of your blood sugars, helping your body by improving your diet and
taking regular exercise. Even if this isn’t possible diabetes
can often be treated with tablets, but sometimes insulin is needed.
Doctors are convinced that if you get your sugars under control
you can avoid the long term effects of diabetes like heart disease,
kidney, eye and circulation damage.
Lloyds Pharmacy are offering free health screenings,
including weight, height, blood pressure and blood sugar checks.
Alpa Ghelani, who has been the pharmacist at Ellesmere Green for
four years, explained they have already seen nearly one hundred
people and offer advice about diet and lifestyle and will refer
to your GP if needed and you agree.
“I want to do more than just dispense
medicines. This is just the kind of community where many people
will have diabetes but not know about it or understand it, but we
have staff who come from the community and can speak several languages.”
So if you think you’d like a check up why not
drop into our local pharmacy, no appointment necessary!
Health Working Group
“Together we can make it happen”
Following the BCAF Quarterly Meeting focusing
on health issues BCAF have launched a new working group to
campaign around health issues in the area.
- Landfill Site
- Postcode Lottery of Health
- Advocacy and Advice
- Culturally Appropriate services
- Poor working conditions
- Young carers
- Complementary therapies
- Opportunities for exercise
- Chest disease
If you have health concerns why not come to
the next meeting at 12 Burngreave Road, 5.30pm Thursday 28th
August or contact the BCAF office on 272 8008.