Welcome to our health information. This section will provide information on a number of long term health conditions. Please contact us if you wish your condition to be included.
What is LUPUS?
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – lupus – is a long-term condition causing inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs.
There's no cure, but symptoms can improve if treatment starts early.
Non-urgent advice: See a GP if you often get:
These are the main symptoms of lupus.
As well as the 3 main symptoms, you might also have:
Treatment for lupus
Lupus is generally treated using anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen
These work on the immune system to reduce the number of antibodies in the blood.
The following offers further information on lupus.
Arthritis Research UK has more information on the treatments for lupus.
People with diabetes are being offered help and support as a study reveals some people with the condition may be at higher risk if they catch coronavirus.
Although the threat of coronavirus is still low for most diabetic people, diabetes was linked to a third of virus deaths in England from 1 March to 11 May, NHS England research shows:
High blood sugar levels and obesity add to the risk. But age is a bigger risk factor.
People with type 1 or 2 diabetes are strongly advised to follow the government's coronavirus advice.
Diabetics are not included in the list of people at highest risk who should shield at home, although some may be advised to shield if they are at significant risk due to a combination of health factors.
There is a helpline and online advice which people with diabetes can use to help manage their condition during the coronavirus outbreak.
High blood pressure and obesity risks
Assessing individual coronavirus risk is important.
Someone might have underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, and still be very fit and only experience mild symptoms if they catch coronavirus.
Research suggests the threat for those under 40 with type 1 (insulin-dependent) or type 2 diabetes is very low.
Some people may have other risk factors - such as heart disease or high blood pressure and obesity as well as diabetes - which would put them at much higher risk of complications.
Age remains the strongest risk factor for becoming severely or fatally ill with coronavirus, say experts.
Prof Jonathan Valabhji, national clinical director for diabetes and obesity and lead author of the study said: "This can be worrying news but we would like to reassure people that the NHS is here for anyone with concerns about diabetes - and has put extra measures in place to help people and keep them safe."
Bridget Turner from Diabetes UK said: "This new data sheds much-needed light on which groups of people with diabetes are more likely to experience poor outcomes if they catch coronavirus.
"It's very important to remember that the risk of dying from coronavirus - for people with and without diabetes - remains very low, and that as cases of coronavirus decline, the risk to everyone of catching the disease will reduce in turn.
"The most important thing anyone with diabetes can do is try their best to manage their condition carefully, keeping their blood sugar in range as much as possible. All people with diabetes should also follow stringent social distancing measures to reduce their chances of catching the virus altogether."
Doctors say if you are concerned about your diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic:
If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening emergency - call 999.