Shaleen Sandhu, from Diabetes UK talks about Diabetes Week and its link to sight loss. 

I’m Shaleen Sandhu and I’m the volunteer coordinator in the West Midlands. I’m passionate about raising awareness of diabetes as well as supporting our volunteers who work tirelessly for our cause by running support groups, raising funds, campaigning, and delivering talks and supporting events.

Diabetes UK started life as the Diabetic Association in 1934. It was set up by novelist HG Wells and Dr RD Lawrence – both of whom had diabetes. Ambitious from the beginning, our charity aimed to ensure everyone in the UK could access insulin, whatever their financial situation and   people living with diabetes should take an active role in managing their condition.

Today, as the UK’s leading diabetes charity, it’s our job to tackle the diabetes crisis. Our work has never been more important as 4.9 million people are currently living with a diabetes diagnosis in the UK. We’re here to help prevent type 2 diabetes, campaign for and support everyone affected by diabetes, and fund research that will one day lead us to a cure.

Diabetes Week 2021

This will run from 14 – 20 June. This year we’re sharing #DiabetesStories from all corners of the UK and celebrating the incredible diabetes community. We’d love for you to share any #DiabetesStories with us via our social media channels. Your story could help show someone else that they’re not alone.

Follow us on www.facebook.com/DiabetesUKMidlandsandEast for local information and stories.

There are lots of other ways you can get involved during this week too. You can visit our online shop on the Diabetes UK website www.diabetes.org.uk for lots of free resources, from posters that you can download and put in your window to highlight the signs and symptoms of diabetes to postcards that you can send to a loved one. We would love for you to get involved this Diabetes Week. Together we can fight diabetes and help achieve our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes and Eye problems (diabetic retinopathy)

Diabetes can affect your eyes in many ways and it’s one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in the UK. You can find out more information about diabetic retinopathy on our website https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/complications/retinopathy  as well as get advice on managing eye problems.

Here in the Midlands we are working with retinal screening services on a Diabetes UK Pandemic Essential campaign which gives people living with diabetes key information about what care to expect during the pandemic.

If you or someone you know, are looking for diabetes support or advice we have lots of information and resources to help you so please visit our website. You can also give our Helpline a call on 0345 123 2399 (Monday to Friday, 9-6pm) or email [email protected]. Here you can chat to one of our highly trained advisors on all aspects of living life with diabetes.