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

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.


Previous Meetings

MAY 2019

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, Castle Unit, Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

Lynsey started by giving an introduction about her practice. Then she started explaining how diabetes specialist nurses make decision on which diabetes medications are best for the patient. Lynsey then talked about the things that need to be considered, such as the health state of the patient:

After that, she started presenting the existing prescribed medicine in the UK, such as Metformin. She stated that Metformin is the most prescribed anti-diabetes medication for type 2 diabetes that is proven to be very useful in reducing HbA1c.

Lynsey also presented the rest of existing prescribed, such as DPP-4 inhibitors “gliptins” (Alogliptin / Linagliptin / Saxagliptin / Sitagliptin / vildagliptin). She explained their benefits on lowering the HbA1c and their side effects. Similarly, Lynsey also explained the role of Sulphonylureas (Gliclazide / Glimepiride / Glipizide / Tolbutamide) and their health benefits as well as their side effects. Likewise, she also talked about Thiazolidinediones “Pioglitazone” (actos / diabiom / glidipion) and their role in lowering HbA1c. However, this treatment can have a side effect on people with kidneys problem.

Lynsey also talked about the relatively new anti-diabetes treatment called GLP-1 receptor agonist - Albiglutide / dulaglutide / exenatide / liraglutide / lixisentide / semaglutide.

At the end of the presentation, Lynsey presented the role of insulin in lowering HbA1c. However, insulin also can cause hypos.

Thanks to Lynsey Burgess, this educational session was very informative and successful. All our group members who attended this session were very happy because they learned a lot from her.



27th APRIL 2019

This Event was held on the 27th of April 2019 at the Swansgate shopping Centre, Wellingborough from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm.
Because of the extreme bad weather, not many people came out of their home. We checked 14 people out of which we found that 2 were at low risk of developiung diabetes and 2 were at Increased Risk, 6 were at Moderate Risk and 4 were at High Risk.

Those with Moderate Risk and High Risk were given letters and referred to their GPs.


Previous Meetings

MARCH 2019

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Khalid Ayes, Stroke Consultant (Kettering & Northampton General Hospitals.

Meeting Place: Health Education Room, Castle Unit, Isebrook Hospital, Wellingborough.

The opening of the first meeting of this year carried out by Zain Agha. Zain welcomed Dr. Khalid Ayes and all members who attended this session, especially the new members. After that, Dr. Khalid Ayes started with presenting himself and the work he is doing as a health professional specialist in stroke. Dr. Khalid then started explaining stroke and its relationship with diabetes. He emphasized that stroke is not a disease, it is rather a syndrom (a common end-organ damage) that occurs as a result of a blockage in blood vessel that supply blood into the brain. He further specified the different type of vessels formed of vein and artery and their roles in supplying blood to the brain.

Dr. Ayes also explained how diabetes, together with cholesterol helps the accumulation of fatty acids inside the artery walls causing a blockage of vessels, this in turn causes blood leakage in the brain and results in what is called stroke.

After that, he explained how to avoid stroke in the future by changing our way of life. He suggested that managing diabetes is one of the major preventive ways, in addition to practicing physical activity, smoking secession, reducing alcohol consumption and managing stress.

During this educational session, Dr. Khalid talked about some research on stroke conducted around the world and explained their results.


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”

The opening of the first meeting of this year carried out by Mariam Agha. Mariam welcomed all members who attended this session, especially the new members. This session is considered a great opportunity for the group members volunteer to reflect on their performance so far and to use the feedback obtained from the group members to improve the performance in the future. After that, Mariam Agha started with presenting the group performance and its achievements.

Mariam also went through this year’s meeting programs and the importance of attending each one of them.

The second part of this session, Mariam played two short Diabetes UK Educational Videos regarding how insulin works, and complications due to diabetes.

After that, Mariam invited the group members to share their experiences in diabetes self-management, with the group members that 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-related concerns. During this open discussion, members were able to share their successful and unsuccessful experiences with diabetes. There were some amazing stories, especially from the members who attended the group meetings regularly. Indeed, the members who attended most of the meetings reported that their HbA1c has improved a lot since they joined Diabetes UK Wellingborough Group. To preserve our group members’ confidentiality, the result of this discussion cannot be published.

At the end of this session, all Diabetes UK Wellingborough group members were very happy, to learn as much information 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 of the questions regarding how best to Manage Diabetes.


Ph: 01933 385175 Mobile: 07446 173 088

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