ChairPerson : Mariam Agha MSc. MBPsS           Treasurer : Sunil Panchal           Secretary: Zain Agha PhD

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Diabetes UK, Wellingborough Group:
As a diabetic UK group, we can offer opportunities for you to share experiences, if you wish, with others in your local area and keep up-to-date with diabetic care and management. For many, joining a group can be the first step in learning how to manage their diabetes.

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Previous Meetings

November 2017 Meeting

DIABETES & ITS COMPLICATIONS IN INDIAN LANGUAGE

Guest speaker: Zain Agha, Secretary, Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group.
Meeting Place: Health Education Room at Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

This particular session was designed to reach the Indian Non-English speaking minority group in our community. In the first part of the session Zain Agha spoke in Hindustani language and briefly translated the English presentation slides about the importance of learning how to control diabetes.

He also explained in Hindustani language what is diabetes, the types of diabetes and the steps that should be taken for a better diabetes control.

Zain then showed a video recording made by diabetes UK in Gujarati language about diabetes. During the second part of the session, Zain also showed an educational video of an Indian diabetes consultant, Dr. Chapadia, (pic below), answering a wide range of questions regarding diabetes in Gujarati language.

Dr. Chapadia addressing Indian Patients in Gujarati Language.

Thanks to Zain Agha, the meeting was very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, the attendees of this session were very happy with Zain’s performance, especially the new members.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO


October 2017 Meeting

HOW TO REVERSE TYPE 2 DIABETES

Guest speaker: Zain Agha, Secretary, Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group.
Rachel Mann-Bradbury, Regional Fundraiser –East Midland Diabetes UK.
Meeting Place: Health Education Room at Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

This particular session was a mixture of different themes. During the first part of the session Zain Agha briefly talked about one of the latest research that was conducted in Canada about “How to reverse Type2 Diabetes”. He then showed a video recording of the researcher’s lecture explaining the results of his research. This study showed that people with diabetes can reverse their diabetes simply by fasting.

To watch this video please click or copy and paste the following link:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAwgdX5VxGc

During the second part of the session, Zain explained how to cope with stress and anxiety using the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). This technique is proved to be very useful in allowing individuals to accept their problems and ease off their fear and anxiety. He then played a video recording of an EFT expert.

If you want to watch the video, please click or copy and paste the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWu3rSEddZI

The last part of the session was led by Rachel Mann-Bradbury, Regional Fundraiser –East Midland Diabetes UK. Rachel talked about the money raised by Diabetes UK local groups and different benefit gained from raising this money, such as investing in research to tackle the diabetes disease. She further explained the different ways, in which, our Group can raise money for the group continuation, such as morning coffee and approaching schools.

Throughout this session, all group members had the opportunity to give their opinions about the topics presented by the guest speakers. Thanks to Zain Agha and Rachel Mann-Bradbury, the meeting was very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they have benefited from some valuable information presented to them by the Guest Speakers.

Rachel Mann-Bradbury and Zain Agha with the Attendees of our Meeting


September 2017 Meeting

Diabetes Psychological Wellbeing

Guest speaker: Dr. Jess Twyford, Northampton Healthcare Foundation Trust
Meeting Place: Health Education Room at Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

Dr. Twyford started by introducing herself and her team members Sarah Marshall-Coates and Jess Affronti whilst presenting the reasons for which the service was created.

She highlighted that diabetics tend to have high level of depression and anxiety than non-diabetics.

At the start of the Meeting, Sarah wrote down the Questions, the group members wanted to ask.

Dr. Jess explained that diabetes distress causes people to be depressed and thus show low level of diabetes control that is why diabetes team or GP refer those patients to Diabetes Psychological Wellbeing Service DPWS for psychological treatment.

Dr. Jess explained what the service provides from scanning for disorders to tailoring individual interventions for each patient. She mentioned that the results of their interventional programmes were very rewarding and that feedbacks from diabetes patients are very encouraging.

Dr. Jess Twyford addressing the participants.

Our Members absorbed in the information that they are receiving from Dr. Twyford.

At the end of the session Dr. Jess and her team provided the group members with “Mindfulness exercise” usually used by the service to reduce the stress, anxiety and worry about the future.

At the end of the meeting. our Chairperson Mariam presenting a Bouquet of Flowers to Dr. Jess Twyford on behalf of all the members.

We all thank Dr. Jess and her team, the meeting was very informative and very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they benefited from some valuable information regarding Psychological Wellbeing Service offered by the Diabetes Psychological Wellbeing Service.


JUNE 2017 MEETING

The Two-Way Relationship between Stress and Diabetes

Guest speaker: Mariam Agha, Chair Person, Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group
Post Graduate Student in Health Psychology, at De Montford University, Leicester.
Meeting Place: Health Education Room at Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

Mariam Agha started by pointing out that as diabetes patients, it is important to take the effects of stress for granted because it has serious impact on diabetes control.
Mariam provided a list of stress symptoms and explained what can cause stress, as well as defined stress itself.
She demonstrated the connection between the feeling of stress and the human body’s response to such perceived stress.

She explained the “Fight or Flight” response to stress and what happens in our body when the stress hormone (cortisol) facilitates a quick release of stored glucose to help in accelerating the heart rate, raising blood pressure and strengthening muscle, etc.in order to fight or flee from danger. She mentioned that when the danger is over, normal people release extra insulin to restore the glucose back into the liver. However, long-term stress leads the body to exhaustion and human pancreas stops functioning effectively. The glucose tends to build-up in the blood stream and causes hyperglycaemia and then type2 diabetes.

Mariam also demonstrated how Diabetes causes Stress, mentioning diabetes patients’ struggle with the daily processes of self-care to manage their diabetes, such as dieting and medication adherence. She also presented different coping strategies that diabetes patients can apply to deal with Stress and reduce its serious long-term effects.

After the break Mariam played a very interesting documentary video called the Science of Stress. At the end Mariam answered all the questions asked by the group members. Thanks to Mariam Agha, the meeting was very informative and very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they have benefited from some invaluable information about the two-way relationship between stress and diabetes.

At the end of the Session, Mariam was presented with a Thank You Card
and a Bouquet of Flowers on behalf of all the Members


MAY 2017 MEETING

Why Some Diabetes Patients Can Manage
Their Diabetes Better Than Others?

Guest speaker: Lynsey Burgess, Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Diabetes Clinical Lead Northants Diabetes Multi-disciplinary Team (NDMT), at Kettering General Hospital.
Meeting Place: Health Education Room at Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

Lynsey focused on answering the following question:
“Why some diabetes patients can manage their diabetes better than others?” Lynsey explained that the reason for these individual differences are due to several factors.

Firstly, diabetic patients have different priorities in their lives to pursue their happiness.
The happiness for some is to be loved by family and friends, for this reasons they enjoy going out for meals, ignoring dieting. Lynsey also talked about the stress related to diabetes and its negative impact on diabetes control. Later we had a Question and Answer Session.
Lynsey engaged in answering each group members’ questions.

Thanks to Lynsey Burgess, the Meeting was very informative and very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they have benefited from some valuable information about the diabetes condition and the best ways to control it, particularly through appropriate dieting.

Our Chair Person presenting a Thank You Card and a Bouquet of Flowers to our Guest Speaker Lynsie Burgess
on behalf of our Members. Our Secretary and some of our Group Members are also present in this group picture


MARCH 2017

Conventional/ Unconventional Dietary Approaches

Our guest speaker was Louise MacDonald, Senior Diabetes Specialist Dietitian for Northamptonshire Diabetes MDT Danetre Hospital.

Louise MacDonald talked about “Conventional/ Unconventional Dietary Approaches for type 2 diabetes”.

Louise provided the group members with lots of information regarding dieting in general and conventional/unconventional dietary approach in particular. At the end of the presentation, Louise engaged in answering each group members’ questions.

Thanks to Louise, the meeting was very informative and very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they have benefited from some valuable information about conventional/unconventional dietary approach.


Our Chair Person presenting the Bouquet of Flowers to the Guest Speaker.
Our Secretary and some members are also in the group.


FEBRUARY 2017 MEETING

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2015)
Presenter: Dr. Anne Kilvert, Diabetes Consultant
Northampton General Hospital.

Dr. Anne Kilvert focused on presenting the latest information-based guidelines that was obtained and published by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, 2015). This information shows the uptake of NICE’s guidance for both Type1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Anne Kilvert presented the group members with some interesting statistics regarding the progresses and drops in the health care system, in terms of diabetes health care.

The NICE guidance suggested a patient-centered care, which involves the fact that health care system should be adapted to cover the needs of patients with diabetes. In other words, diabetes patients nowadays can chose their preferred treatment, and then discusses it with their health care provider, who in turn, compares the risks and benefits of particular treatment, before deciding to prescribe it to the patient.

At the end of the presentation, Dr. Anne Kilvert engaged in answering each group members’ questions. Thanks to Dr. Anne Kilvert, the meeting was very informative and very successful, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group members were very happy, since they benefited from some valuable information not only about the diabetes condition, but also about their right to choose their preferred treatment, in accordance with the person-centered care process.


Dr. Anne being presented with a Bouquet of Flowers by our Chair Person
on behalf of all the Members of our group.


CONTACT US
wellingboroughdiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk
Ph: 01933 385175 Mobile: 07446 173 088

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ChairPerson : Mariam Agha MSc. MBPsS           Treasurer : Sunil Panchal           Secretary: Zain Agha PhD