Our Diabetes services
The London Clinic has a dedicated centre for Diabetes, staffed by renowned consultants and specialist nurses.
The team helps patients understand and manage their conditions, empowering them to maintain a good quality of life.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition that can significantly affect your health and well-being. The London Clinic provides bespoke treatment plans for the effective control of type 1 diabetes.
A multidisciplinary team, including diabetologists, dieticians, podiatrists, and clinical nurse specialists, provides the very latest treatments, screening, and specialist support to help you stay healthy and live a full and active life.
The London Clinic has a specialist Diabetes Unit with access to the very latest technology and treatments. The world-leading consultants provide bespoke diabetes care to help you control your blood sugar levels.
The unit will work with you to optimise your treatment regime, with access to innovative blood glucose monitors, cutting-edge insulin pumps, and state-of-the-art screening facilities to protect the health of your eyes, kidneys, and heart.
What is type 1 diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body deals with energy from food and uses it to fuel essential functions.
Carbohydrates from the diet are broken down into glucose. This is absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed to cells around the body to provide energy. The hormone insulin controls the levels of sugar in the blood. Insulin acts like a chemical key. It unlocks the cells so that the body’s organs, muscles, and tissues can burn glucose for energy, then safely store any that is left.
The body's immune defences can destroy the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which causes type 1 diabetes. The body then produces no insulin, meaning that glucose builds up in the blood, and there is no fuel to drive the body's essential functions. Replacement insulin is vital to control blood glucose levels and provide the energy needed to stay alive.
Treatment for type 1 diabetes at The London Clinic
The London Clinic offers holistic care for the control of type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes Unit provides customised treatment tailored to each individual's needs in a comfortable, supportive, and stress-free environment.
The diabetes team will work with you to help you understand your condition, take control of your diabetes, and protect your health.
Diabetes monitoring at The London Clinic
Careful glucose testing can help the specialists fine-tune treatment, and help you work around your meals and activity. The team will help you find the most appropriate way to monitor your blood glucose and observe how such things as certain foods or exercise can affect your levels. The Diabetes Unit will also arrange regular HbA1c blood testing. This gives an indication of your average blood glucose over the previous few months.
Continuous glucose monitors
Controlling blood glucose levels is critical to maintaining health and reducing long term complications of diabetes. The London Clinic offers access to a comprehensive range of the latest continuous glucose monitors (CGM).
These can identify hypos (low blood glucose) and hypers (high blood glucose), reduce the need for finger-pricking, monitor sugar levels during sleep, and help identify glucose trends over time. Accurate glucose monitoring can help you actively manage your diabetes.
When you have Type 1 diabetes, the body produces no insulin. You will need background and mealtime insulin. The London Clinic helps every patient find a suitable insulin regime that suits their lifestyle.
The dedicated pharmacy provides different devices that can allow you to easily and discreetly inject your insulin. The diabetes clinical nurse specialists will support you to select an insulin pen that suits you and teach you to use it safely and effectively.
Insulin pumps are innovative devices that continuously deliver insulin into the body. A pump works around-the-clock, allowing it to replicate the body's natural insulin release more closely. The insulin dose can be altered to match your body’s changing needs so that your meals and lifestyle can be more flexible.
The London Clinic provides access to the very latest pumps and the support and training to enable each individual to achieve better control of their diabetes.
The London Clinic’s specialist dieticians are a crucial part of the team. They provide advice on nutrition and teach you how to understand and count the carbohydrates in your diet.
The carbohydrates you eat will affect the amount of insulin you need. Counting the carbs in your food and adjusting your insulin dose is important for good glucose control, especially if you have a pump.
The dieticians and clinical nurse specialists will provide the education and support you need to become an expert in your diabetes.
Maintaining foot health is a vital part of diabetes care. Diabetes makes the feet vulnerable. Persistently high sugar levels can affect the circulation and damage the nerves in the feet, making them numb. Cuts, blisters, and infection tend to be less painful, so they're easily ignored.
The London Clinic's specialist podiatrists can check your feet, advise on maintaining foot health, and help protect against damage.
Screening and health protection
Diabetes can affect the body from head to toe. Over time, the persistently raised glucose can affect the eyes, the heart, the circulation, the kidneys, and the feet.
The London Clinic provides expert care to protect your health and specialist screening services so that any problems are identified and treated at an early stage.
Screening can include:
- Eye screening for diabetic retinopathy
- Kidney screening for nephropathy
- Heart and circulatory screening for cardiovascular disease
The London Clinic integrates diabetes care with other specialist services from initial diagnosis. Patients have access to world-leading consultant cardiologists, ophthalmologists, nephrologists, and vascular surgeons to help manage any of the complications of diabetes.
Why choose The London Clinic?
The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.
Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.
Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.
The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.
Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.
Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.
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