If you have diabetes you are at an increased risk from COVID 19.
Things you can do
- Take the government advice on social distancing/ isolation
- Wash your hands regularly
- Ensure you have your regular supplies of medication and test strips
- If you have Type 1 diabetes ensure you have ketone testing strips for blood or urine
- Monitor your blood glucose more regularly
- NEVER stop taking insulin
- STOP Metformin tablets (eg. Sukkarto, Glucophage)
- SGLT-2 inhibitor tablets MUST be stopped until you are well again (eg. Dapagliflozin, Canagliflozin, Ertugliflozin, Empagliflozin)
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Type 1s must check Ketone levels
Useful links and information
Please contact the team for advice.
Your blood glucose monitor company and insulin companies also have their own helplines.
Routine Education and support
Routine Online learning alternatives
People with Type 1 diabetes can access www.bertieonline.org.uk
Team contact details
Diabetes Specialist Nursing team
Worcestershire Royal Hospital 01905 760225
Kidderminster Hospital 01562 826393
Smallwood House, Redditch 01527 488656
Community Diabetes Dietitians
There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes because it often develops before the age of 40, usually during the teenage years.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas (a small gland behind the stomach) does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. If the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, it can seriously damage the body's organs.
If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life. You must also make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and having regular blood tests.
In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to it. This is known as insulin resistance.
Find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/
For information about Diabetes services for children, please visit our children's services pages
Diabetes centre, Smallwood House, Redditch
Fred Holland Centre for Diabetes, Kidderminster
Diabetes Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital