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Taking control of diabetes community event Posted on 17 Nov 2017

Many people are aware of the seriousness of Diabetes and the impact the condition can have on the lives of patients.

What many people aren’t aware of is that, in many cases, patients can make changes to their lifestyle and can take better control of their diabetes.

To help raise awareness of diabetes and the support on offer in the community, local NHS and public health organisations are hosting a public event on Monday 11th December 2017.

The ‘Taking control of diabetes community eventwill be held at the Mercia Venue Banqueting Suite from 11am until 2.00pm, and features a packed agenda with Health Professionals from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Diabetes UK. There will be a live demonstration on how people can eat more healthily and stories from patients who have drastically improved their health by making changes in their lifestyle.

Dr Jim McMorran, local GP and GP Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions, said: “Diabetes is an increasing problem across the country and we need to act fast to improve the situation.

“If you have Type 1 diabetes your body does not produce insulin (which helps to lower blood sugar) and you will therefore need insulin to control this.

“Type 2 diabetes is also a very serious health condition that can cause long-term health problems. It can lead to blindness, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you five times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

“It’s very important that you find out early if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes because it is possible to lower your risk of, or even stop you, developing the diabetes.”

The event will also be inviting attendees to take part in a diabetes assessment that can help to pick up any lifestyle factors that may increase someone’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Michelle Park, Senior Commissioning Manager at NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We’re looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at the event.

“If risks are identified early and changes are made towards a healthier lifestyle, the risk of developing diabetes can be much reduced.”

The idea of a community event was suggested by local community support group Ekta-Unity (www.ekta-unity.org/events), who contacted the CCG to offer support in raising awareness of diabetes in local communities and encourage people better self-manage their condition.

The event will also showcase the DESMOND diabetes self-management tool and GPs and community pharmacists will be attending to take any question patients may have.

Anyone who is interested in attending the event can register online at: Taking control of diabetes community event, email us at contactus@coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk or call us on: 024 7624 6171.

Alternatively, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/HealthcareCovRugby and Twitter @CovRugbyCCG

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