Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. The most common form is ‘Type 2 Diabetes’, which affects approximately 2.8 million people and more than 1 million people are thought to be undiagnosed. There is also a ‘Type 1 Diabetes’, which tends to occur before the age of 40.

You can find out more about symptoms, diagnosis, screening and management of diabetes on the NHS website.

Wandsworth Wellbeing

There are several diabetes services available specifically to Wandsworth residents.

DESMOND (diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a structured education programme for patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes or those who have been diagnosed in the last year.

DAFNE (The Dose-Adjustment for Normal Eating) and BERTIE (Bournemouth Type 1 Intensive Education) are for people with Type 1 diabetes. DAFNE and BERTIE are ways of managing Type 1 diabetes and provide people with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin.

If you think you are a suitable candidate to attend any of these please speak to your GP or Practice Nurse.