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

OCTOBER 2018

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.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

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.

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29th JULY 2018

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:

Low Risk2
Increased Risk7
Moderate Risk14
High Risk16
30 patients were referred to their GP.

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28th JULY 2018

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:

Low Risk4
Increased Risk10
Moderate Risk4
High Risk10

14 Patients were referred to their GP

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MARIAM AGHA

JUNE 2018 Meeting


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MAY 2018 Meeting

KRISHNA SARDA

Guest speaker: Krishna Sarda, from Diabetes UK who is a Diabetes Educator and Trainer.
He has trained many Diabetes Champions around several universities in UK, such as
De Montfort University in Leicester.
Meeting Place: Health Education Room, Castle Unit, Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.
Theme: “The contribution of Diabetes UK in increasing knowledge and awareness about diabetes”

Krishna Sarda's session was very interactive right from the start. The group members were given the chance to test their knowledge regarding diabetes by answering the following questions:

What is diabetes condition, how many types and what is the difference between them.

From there Krishna provided further explanations and descriptions of the two types of diabetes in simple and easy manners that allowed our group members to understand better than before.

Krishna Sarda started by talking about the latest research findings about diabetes and how Diabetes UK is contributing to diabetes research by funding many research projects around different Universities of the United Kingdom. He then started to answer our group members’ questions about their individual health concerns. Krishna allowed everyone to interact and give their opinions, whilst providing not only more information that increased our understanding of diabetes, but also how can diabetics increase their metabolism function.

Krishna gave us many examples of successful and unsuccessful experiences with diabetes; people’s stories about diet, physical activity and snacking. Krishna had so much to talk about but unfortunately his time to catch the train back to London did not allow him to do so. Krishna has promised to come back again in October and talk and discuss about Snacking.

Thanks to Krishna Sarda, this month’s session was very informative, and all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group members were very happy, since they received a lot of valuable information about diabetes in general and how to increase their metabolism optimal function in particular.

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MARCH 2018 Meeting

Dr. NIHAD JALIL

Guest speaker: Dr. Nihad Jalil, Physician at Northamptonshire General Hospital did not turned up to the group meeting.
Meeting Place: Health Educational Room, Castle Unit, Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough

Dr. Jalil did not turn up therefore Mariam replaced him.
Mariam Agha, chairperson of Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group delivered high quality educational session that covered all areas of knowledge about diabetes, providing information regarding diabetes in general, including its types and its symptoms, whilst highlighting all possible diabetes-related complications that can occur as a result of uncontrolled diabetes.

During the second session Mariam also played Diabetes UK educational videos, which were very informative. Thereafter Mariam answered many questions about diabetes in general, healthy diet (i.e. what a person with diabetes should eat and what he/she should avoid), in addition to providing explanation about the relationship between stress and diabetes. Her next session will be on STRESS and DIABETES in June 2018

Before ending this session, Zain Agha provided the group members with some very useful techniques to ease off stress and maintain a healthy and relaxed mental state.

Thanks to Mariam and Zain Agha, this month’s educational session was very informative and very successful, despite the absence of the guest speaker.

All Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, since they benefited from some valuable information about how best to control diabetes and ease off stress.

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FEBRUARY 2018 Meeting

ANNUAL GET TOGETHER

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

The opening of the first meeting of this year carried out by Zain Agha. Zain welcomed all members who attended this session, which is considered as an occasion for the group members volunteer to reflect on their performance so far. After that, Mariam Agha started with presenting her latest personal achievement and briefly shared her happy news with the group members. Mariam thanked everyone who participated in her research, which was awarded with “the Best Dissertation by a Postgraduate Taught Psychology Student”.

After that Mariam briefly presented the Wellingborough Diabetes Group’s performance. Mariam started with displaying the activities of our support group. During this session, the group members present provided the chairperson with very useful feedback about the group performance volunteers. Mariam also presented some of the groups’ achievements.

After this short presentation, Mariam played three short Diabetes UK educational videos.
In the second part of this educational session, Mariam invited the group members to share their experiences in diabetes self-management with the group members who were present.

This was an open discussion about different aspects of diabetes. Mariam was able to answer some of the group members’ questions about their diabetes.

During this open discussion, members were able to exchange their successful experiences and knowledge about how best to control diabetes. To preserve our group members’ confidentiality, the result of this discussion cannot be published.

At the end of this session, all of the Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, to learn as much as possible. Some members said: “this session was the best educational session they have ever attended”. This is because they were able to acquire a lot of knowledge. Thanks to Mariam Agha, who was able to answer all the questions and provide more information about how best to manage diabetes.

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


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