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Experts bust diabetes myths at Midlands people event

By Editor
19th October 2017
Care planning, Charity Education Good practice

Diabetes myths were busted and questions were answered at an event set up for people with the condition.

Earlier this month the charity Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) joined forces with the specialist diabetes team from the University of Birmingham City Hospital and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust (SWBH) to host the first annual Diabetes Wellness Day Midlands.

Held in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, brought together a wealth of information under one roof for people living with all forms of diabetes including family members, friends and carers.

The programme for the day was headed up by Dr Parijat De, consultant physician and clinical lead for diabetes and honorary senior clinical lecturer at SWBH. He held a lively discussion entitled Understanding Glucose, where attendees got to explore the key topics of diabetes medications, the HbA1c test and the effects of glucose in diabetes self-management.

Other members of Dr De’s team also shared their knowledge and expertise. Dr Mahendra Yadagiri presented on The Facts about Diabetes looking at the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and other forms. He also dispelled some of the common myths about diabetes that people living with the condition encounter on a regular basis.

Diabetes specialist nurse Joanne Lloyd led a session on Understanding Carbohydrates and Healthy Food Choices and Angela Smith, another diabetes specialist nurse, spoke about the importance of daily footcare.

The final talk of the day was presented by Dr Shivani Misra from Imperial College London. Dr Misra a consultant physician in diabetes and past recipient of a DRWF Sutherland-Earl Clinical Research Fellowship, spoke about the importance of research.

DRWF Event Coordinator Lee Calladine said: “DRWF is aware of the benefits of diabetes education and how it improves diabetes self-management skills, so we were delighted to bring this first ever Diabetes Wellness Day to the Midlands and allow even more people to benefit from our annual programme.

“These days provides the tools, knowledge and practical skills needed to improve life with diabetes and the keys to healthier living, they are designed to ensure all participants have the opportunity to raise their questions, share their experiences and enjoy the support of a friendly, like-minded diabetes community in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.”

DRWF recently received the Judges’ Special Award and a Highly Commended award in the Empowering People with Diabetes category at the recent Quality in Care Diabetes awards.

The next event in DRWF’s calendar is the Diabetes Wellness Day North, which will be held at NMRN Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience on Saturday, November 4.

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