Hello everyone... .. and especially our new subscribers, we hope you find this interesting and informative and that we are a friendly bunch with one purpose, which is to help people living with diabetes and their families.
It's been a busy few months since our last newsletter and building on the feedback we received from you earlier we are beginning to get a clearer idea of what we would like to achieve during 2017. But before then we have our final 2016 planned event that promises to be an inspiring account of one person's experience of living with diabetes. More details of this and what we've been doing recently is detailed below.
Speaker: Peter Davies
It’s Not all about Diabetes A talk by Peter Davies who has had an amazingly varied life after being born in Africa and diagnosed at an early age. A chance to learn that Diabetes need not be a limiting factor in that which you wish to achieve.
Researchers at the University of Southampton would like to recruit people aged 18 or over, with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, to take part in a study examining how people with diabetes form impressions of both themselves and others. The study aims to improve our understanding of how people’s perceptions of themselves and those around them can impact on diabetes management and healthcare decisions. The results could improve guidance on how to support people with diabetes to self-manage their condition.
If anyone is interested in participating, or if you know anyone else who may be interested and fits the criteria, then please contact:
The Diabetes UKBIG COLLECTIONtook place on the 16 - 17 September.
A number of our local volunteers were involved at the
Tesco store in Chineham Shopping Centre. A BIG THANK YOUto all those that took part!
A BIG THANK YOUto Alice Grundy who gave an informative and entertaining talk about looking after our feet on the 22 September. The event was well supported with everyone taking away some very useful advice.
Key points to remember are:
• have your feet examined at least once a year
• discuss the results of this examination and ask if there is any reason why you might get a problem with your feet
• learn how you can look after your feet and reduce the chance of problems happening.
The Animas Sports & Exercise Weekend took place on the 8 - 9 October 2016 at Loughborough University. The programme has been developed by Dr Ian Gallen and Dr Alistair Lumb and is aimed at adults living with Type 1 diabetes, who have a passion for sport and want to learn more about managing their diabetes whilst exercising. One of our members, Mark Straw attended this years event and had this to say.
"I have loved all sorts of sport - swimming, rugby, cycling since first being diagnosed at age 11. However it has only been in the last 8 years when I have competed seriously in Masters, swimming at 3 European and 2 World Championships, that the limitations of Diabetes has become apparent.
The main problems I found were ;
1. Blood sugars dropping rapidly when training.
2. Blood sugars rising very quickly when competing.
3. Replacing glucose on days when I double train, typically cycling in the morning and swimming in the evening.
Whilst my GP is very capable she was unable to answer my specific sporting questions. The Animas Sporting Weekend was the answer.
The weekend was a mixture of theory talks from Dr Lumb (Diabetes Sport Doctor) and James Moran (Specialist Diabetes Dietician) and
sporting activities of Cross country running, Spinning (my 35 mile cycles are easy compared to this) and Circuit training on the Sunday where we were able to put theory into practice.
Whilst I learnt a lot from the theory and practice sessions, the best bit was mixing with 39 other Type 1 keen sports men and women and knowing that I'm not the only one.
The Sunday session was closed with Animas Sports Awards - Champion Runner, Champion Cyclist and Champion Circuit Trainer. I nearly fell off my chair when they announced my name for the Champion Cyclist award. Just proves that any of us can succeed.
To conclude, the weekend was great and I need to give a huge thank you to Vanessa Middleton (Diabetes Nurse Basingstoke Hospital) for phoning me and advising me of the course.
My story has only been brief however if anyone wants more specific details just ask me at one of our meetings."
If you think this is for you then register your interest here.
Waitrose hosted our 2017 Programme Planning Meeting on the 19 October. We had 14 members of our group attend to share ideas and design our 2017 programme. Watch this space for further details coming soon! A BIG THANK YOU to Rita Gurung of Waitrose, and our members who took part.
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Do you need to talk to someone about diabetes? Then why not contact the Diabetes UK Helpline
... for all people with diabetes, their family or friends, and people who are worried they might be at risk.
The confidential helpline is staffed by trained counsellors who have extensive knowledge of diabetes. They can provide information about the condition, take the time to talk things through and explore emotional, social, psychological or practical difficulties.