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Diabetes Week – 13-19 June 2022

Diabetes Week – 13-19 June 2022

Diabetes Week 2022 is coming up from 13 to 19 June. It’s a chance to raise awareness of diabetes and highlight the support available to anyone living with the condition. If you would like to find out more about diabetes and the support available in Northumberland, come along to our free online event on Friday 10 June to hear from Colin Renshaw of Diabetes UK.

Colin will provide information about the different types of diabetes and how to manage and live well with the condition. We will also hear about national and local support available from Diabetes UK and there will be a chance to ask questions.

Here at Healthwatch Northumberland, two members of our volunteer team have experience of type 2 diabetes and have kindly shared their thoughts below.

James’ Poem

Our volunteer James wrote a poem about his experience of type 2 diabetes:

Got diabetes
From eating too many sweeties
Didn’t care what I ate
Always cleared my plate

What symptoms did I have?
Lots of trips to the lav
Drank like a fish
Even made a wish

Was first given tablets
But didn’t change my habits
Drinking too much coca colas
Along the way I am rotting my molars

Moved on to the hard stuff
Needle is in
Needle is out
Whoops am going to shout

Sugars is o so high
Sugars is o so low
How is going to go
Or maybe it’s going to snow

Have now changed my diet
I can’t really be quiet
How low can I go
Getting a healthier glow

Colin’s Q&A

Volunteer Colin answered some questions for us about his experience of type 2 diabetes and how this affects his daily life:

When were you first diagnosed with diabetes?

22 years ago.

What symptoms did you have?

I didn’t have any symptoms, it was picked up during a routine eye examination following sight loss (unrelated).

How did it affect your life?

The main thing is that I have to check my blood twice a day.

How have you managed the condition? What healthcare support did you get? Did you get help from any support organisations?

My diabetes was initially treated with Metformin tablets and I had an annual check with a diabetes nurse. After a period of time I needed insulin to manage my sugar levels and I attended a course on how to use insulin at Blyth Hospital. I continue to have yearly check-ups with a diabetes nurse – these were online during pandemic but are back to in person now.

What is the situation now – how is the condition and have you made any lifestyle changes to improve it?

I have to have meals at regular times and carry something with me to eat. If things get out of balance, I can have a ‘hypo’ (experience hypoglycaemia) but I’m good at spotting the signs.

 

Find out more about diabetes at the Diabetes UK website.

If you would like to tell us about your experience of diabetes services or ask a question about local services and support, please get in touch.

Online Event – Diabetes UK

Online Event – Diabetes UK

Join us in the run up to Diabetes Week 2022 to hear from Colin Renshaw from Diabetes UK on Friday 10 June, 1pm-2pm.

In this free, online public event Colin will provide information about the different types of diabetes and how to manage and live well with the condition. We will also hear about national and local support available from Diabetes UK. There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event: 

If you would like to tell us about your recent experience of diabetes services please get in touch.

Back to school support from Diabetes UK

Back to school support from Diabetes UK

As schools are due to reopen in September, Diabetes UK knows that parents and carers might be worried about the safety of their children with diabetes returning to school.

To help ease these worries they have organised a ‘Back to school’ question and answer session via Zoom with a panel of experts who will help to answer any questions you might have.

The Zoom session will take place on Wednesday 12 August from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

The panel of experts will include:

  • Dr Fiona Campbell: Consultant Paediatrician and Diabetologist at Leeds Children’s Hospital
  • Carol Metcalfe: Advanced Specialist Practitioner in Paediatric Diabetes at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • James Rodger-Phillips: a Head of Department at a secondary school who lives with type 1 diabetes
  • Steve Paxton: parent of two teenagers with type 1 diabetes and Good Care In School Award assessor

The Type 1 Events team are also running further panels for parents and carers in August and September:

  • Newly diagnosed – what happens when type 1 diabetes joins your family? Tuesday 18 August – 7pm to 8.30pm.
  • Becoming more independent. Monday 21 September – 7pm to 8.30pm.

If you would like to attend any of these events you can sign up here.

All of the latest advice for managing diabetes during the coronavirus outbreak can be found on the Diabetes UK coronavirus advice page.

Events

Online Event – Diabetes UK

Online Event – Diabetes UK

Join us in the run up to Diabetes week to hear from Colin Renshaw from Diabetes UK.

In this free, online public event Colin will provide information about the different types of diabetes and how to manage and live well with the condition. We will also hear about national and local support available from Diabetes UK.

There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event:

Diabetes UK Webinar: Diabetes & Ramadan

Diabetes UK Webinar: Diabetes & Ramadan

The North of England Diabetes UK team is offering a free webinar for people living with diabetes and who wish to prepare for Ramadan.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, 17 February, from 5pm – 6.30pm on Zoom.

Speaking at the event will be Moulana Azizur Rahman (graduate of Traditional Islamic Studies, Theology, Jurisprudence & Classical Arabic from Imam Zakariya Academy, Forest Gate, and teacher and course co-ordinator at Al Misbaah Academy, Seven Kings, Redbridge) and health expert Dr Waqas Tahir (GP Partner Affinity Care (Cowgill Surgery, Clayton), GPwER Diabetes and Diabetes Lead, Act as One Programme Bradford and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership).

This will be followed by two people sharing their lived experience of diabetes and Ramadan and a Q&A.

Book a place here: https://tinyurl.com/Ramadan-2022

Diabetes UK – Type 1 and Tech online event

This year Diabetes UK’s popular online event, connecting the type 1 diabetes community with healthcare professionals and researchers, will take place on Saturday, 16 October from 10:00am to 2:00 pm.

The conference will cover a variety of topics in engaging and interactive formats with a jam-packed agenda of researchers, healthcare professionals and people living with type 1 sharing their experiences.

Sign up for the event here: https://eu.eventscloud.com/t1andtech21

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the type 1 and tech event team: type1andtech@diabetes.org.uk

Diabetes UK Friends of the North Virtual Event

Join Diabetes UK for their Friends of the North virtual meet up on Wednesday 21 July.

The evening event, which will run from 7.30pm until 9pm will be an opportunity to hear about everything Diabetes UK is doing across the region, how you can get involved and what support and information is on offer.

This is also your opportunity to connect with the Diabetes UK North of England team as well as each other.

To register click here: https://friendsofthenorth.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions please contact Evie: evie.kinghorn@diabetes.org.uk

Diabetes UK End of Year Quiz

Diabetes UK End of Year Quiz

Join Chris Askew and Partha Kar for Diabetes UK’s end-of-year quiz

The North of England team at Diabetes UK are inviting you to an event which will lift the spirits and help end what has been a tough year on a brighter note.

Chris Askew, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK, will join Professor Partha Kar, National Specialty Advisor for Diabetes, NHS England, for an online end-of-the-year quiz on Wednesday 2 December, 8pm to 9pm.

Registration is free and simple – and the quiz will be followed by a Q&A with Chris and Partha. The quiz will be fun and informal, with questions about the events of 2020.

This event should be of interest to anyone with a connection to diabetes and it will run for one hour on Zoom, starting at 8pm.

Register for the quiz

If you have any queries, or any Q&A questions for Chris and Partha that you would like to submit in advance, email evie.kinghorn@diabetes.org.uk.

Diabetes UK – Let’s Talk About Feet webinar

Diabetes UK – Let’s Talk About Feet webinar

Join the Diabetes UK North of England team for a free webinar full of practical advice around good foot care for people living with diabetes. Checking your feet at home is so important, now more than ever, and this webinar will show you how to.

There will be talks from podiatrists Donna Welch and Colette Jones, and Diabetes UK volunteer Andy Lavender, who will share his foot care experiences.

To register visit: https://footcare.eventbrite.co.uk. Email: evie.kinghorn@diabetes.org.uk if you have any queries.

Diabetes and Moving More

Diabetes and Moving More

The North of England Diabetes UK team presents a webinar for people living with diabetes or those at risk of diabetes, taking an informal and relaxed look at the basics of getting more active. You will hear from Neil Gibson (Physical Activity Insight Advisor at Diabetes UK) and George West (Diabetes UK volunteer living with type 1 diabetes).

This webinar is free and registration is simple.  If you have any queries, Email evie.kinghorn@diabetes.org.uk

Registration

www.diabetes.org.uk