A holistic approach to your treatment

Our diabetes consultants and nurses work together as a team with the Centre practice manager, secretary and dietitian to support each of their diabetes patients with up-to-date clinical care, emotional support, on-going education and supportive contact.

Managing diabetes requires a multi-faceted approach. We work as a team to help the patient understand diabetes, empowering and encouraging them to make their own choices.

We treat the whole person and offer advice on how treatment can be tailored to each individual patient’s lifestyle.

We believe that people with diabetes should be as free and able as everyone else to do what they enjoy, whether that is mountaineering or maintaining good health for a long and successful life.

People find our diabetes service particularly helpful if they:

  • Want to understand their food choices better
  • Are keen to take part in sport or adventure trips
  • Have been recently diagnosed
  • Know they have long-term diabetes but feel they do not understand their condition or feel it is having a negative impact on their quality of life
  • Need advice if they are planning a baby or require intensive monitoring during pregnancy
  • Are interested in getting information on new treatments
  • Need extra support and advice before, during or after surgery
  • Experience regular hypoglycaemia or have hypoglycaemic unawareness
  • Find it difficult to lose weight successfully
  • Want to investigate a gastric band or gastric bypass to bring about significant weight loss

Our approach to diabetes care

We integrate specialist diabetes care with other specialist services within The London Clinic from initial diagnosis onwards, providing:

  • Full diabetes assessment and screening for both Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes
  • Diagnosis, monitoring and supportive cares for women who develop diabetes when they are pregnant (gestational diabetes)
  • Accurate estimates of cardiovascular risk so that we can take prompt action to deal with any increased risk as quickly as possible
  • Information, education and support to enable you to understand diabetes and its impact on your body so that you can play a full role in its management
  • A comprehensive range of diabetes treatment options, including recommendations for diet and lifestyle changes, tablets and insulin therapy
  • Specialist advice on diet and the importance of eating regularly
  • Help with taking blood glucose measurements
  • Advice on how to both treat and avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia – ‘hypos’)
  • Support for children and teenagers diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
  • All the latest information on Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance
  • Support and help for when you want to take part in sport, travel abroad with work, have a baby, or just go on holiday, confident that you can still manage your diabetes

Managing diabetes with other illnesses

Anyone with diabetes can face problems if they develop other illnesses such as cancer, heart problems, worsening eyesight or kidney disease. The treatments for these conditions can affect your diabetes and it is important that you receive coordinated care.

We work with consultants from other departments to make sure that factors such as drug interactions, dosage adjustments, diet and mobility or memory problems do not cause unnecessary difficulties.

 The team in the diabetes centre has a close working relationship with a network of other specialists including cardiologists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, general surgeons, dermatologists and cosmetic consultants.