Diabetes occurs when the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood becomes too high. Normally, after we eat, various foods are broken down in the gut into sugars, which are then absorbed into the body.
To remain healthy, your blood glucose level should not go too high or too low. A hormone called insulin helps to take glucose from the bloodstream into various cells of the body. This helps to keep the blood sugar normal.
Complications can still arise often years after diabetes is first diagnosed.
In general, the risk of developing complications is reduced if the blood glucose level is well controlled, and other risk factors such as high blood pressure are dealt with.
A 6 monthly or annual check up is recommended. We will send an invite to you when your check due
If you use syringes, needles or lancets (finger prickers) it is illegal to dispose of these in your domestic rubbish. They must be placed in a "Sharpes Box" (a sturdy purpose built container) and collected by the Council's clinical waste services.
Central Bedfordshire Council have changed their procedure for sharps and clinical waste collections from patients. For all new patients within Central Bedfordshire requiring sharps and clinical waste collections, Central Bedfordshire Council requires a letter of referral from a healthcare professional to be sent to:
Waste Services at Central Bedfordshire Council,
239 Ampthill Road
Any queries should be addressed to Customer Services on 0300 3008302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently Bedford Borough Council do not require a referral letter, they will collect and dispose of domestic sharps for free for diabetic patients only. They can be contacted on 01234 267422 or patients can complete an online request through the councils website st www.bedford.gov.uk .
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