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.
|Guest speaker: Mariam Agha, MSc Health Psychology, Chairperson of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group, Diabetes Educator, Diabetes Researcher, recently qualified in “Understanding Nutrition and Health”. Meeting Place: Health Education Room, Castle Unit, Isebrook Hospital. Theme: “Nutrition and Diabetes”|
|Mariam started her talk with explaining what unhealthy and healthy balanced diets for people with diabetes are.|
|Mariam showed the different type of nutrients that people need to survive. For example, sources of energy nutrients (e.g. carbohydrates, proteins and fats), minerals, vitamins and water. She explained each and every nutrient’s proprieties and benefits for the body, whilst giving advise on what to include/exclude in the diabetic meal in order to make it healthy.|
|Mariam also talked about including good carbs as, it is essential for better diabetes control, as they release glucose more slowly permitting the anti-diabetes medications to keep the glucose level constantly under control.|
|Mariam provided the audience with a wide range of advice on food choice such as making sure to check food labelling during shopping to look for the amount of unwanted ingredients (such as sugar, salt and saturated fats) in food products.|
|After that, Mariam showed the audience as diabetics how their plate should look like with some healthy snacks that they can have throughout the day:|
|Mariam also provided the audience with tips to eat well with diabetes including the portion size of fruits and vegetables that diabetics should eat daily to maintain their healthy weight and their diabetes control.|
|At the end of the presentation, Mariam answered all the questions regarding nutrition and diabetes. Thanks to Mariam Agha, the educational session was very interactive and very successful, and all Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they have benefited from some valuable information about nutrition and diabetes.|
Guest speaker: Kathryn Hall, Diabetes Research Team Leader in Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.|
Meeting Place: Health Education Room, Castle Unit, Isebrook Hospital.
Theme: “The contribution of Diabetes UK in increasing knowledge and awareness about diabetes”
|Kathryn started her talk about the activities and different studies that they are conducting. These studies involve participants who are diabetic and their family members such as parents and siblings. Most of these studies require participants who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Samples of blood and urine are collected from participants to be tested, followed by a series of similar tests after a period of time.|
Kathryn also talked about type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune condition, meaning that the immune system which is meant to protect us from viral or bacterial infections, mistakenly attacks and destroy the Beta Cells in our pancreas that produce insulin. Kathryn said that tests developed in their laboratories can detect in a small blood sample whether proteins called islet autoantibodies are present.
Therefore, Kathryn’s findings of these studies will guide intervention developers to not only improve the existing therapies for type 1 diabetes, but it may prevent it in the future. At the end of this session, Kathryn answered all the questions asked by our group members regarding how they recruit participants for their studies? Whether the process of recruitment is simple and easy to carry out their research… etc.
|Thanks to Kathryn Hall, the educational session was very informative and very successful, and all Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they benefited from some valuable information about the way in which research in diabetes are conducted and how people with diabetes can benefit from their findings.|
Public Event: Know your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Occasion: Community Safety Festival
Date and time: 29th July 2018 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
Place: Indian Temple, 133, Highfield Rd, Wellingborough, NN8 1PL
Participants: Trained members of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group.
These activities permitted to discover 39 Asians in Wellingborough Hindu Community
that were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
They were all given “know your risk” booklets and basic information on how to engage in a healthy lifestyle.
They were also given a letter for their GP for further checks and guidance.
We checked 39 people and got these results:
Public Event: Know your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Place: Swansgate Shopping Centre Wellingborough
Date and time: 28th July 2018 from 10am to 3pm
Participants: Members of Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group
The Know Your Risk event was held in the Swansgate Shopping Centre, Wellingborough.
We checked 27 participants and found the following:
14 Patients were referred to their GP
Ph: 01933 385175 Mobile: 07446 173 088
ChairPerson : Mariam Agha MSc. MBPsS Treasurer : Sunil Panchal Secretary: Zain Agha PhD