Helping to cope with diabetes

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THERE’S hope that some of the 1,700 people in Hartlepool living with a ticking timb-bomb of diabetes they don’t know they have will get help with a unique event.

National health charity Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) will be hosting a Wellness Day for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The day is open to people living with the condition along with their parents, friends or carers, or anyone with a general interest in finding out more about the condition, including healthcare professionals.

There are 2.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 850,000 people who have diabetes but don’t know it.

In Hartlepool alone the estimated occurrence of diabetes is seven per cent, but only 5.3 per cent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes.

That means it is likely that about 1,700 people with diabetes in the town remain undiagnosed.

Event co-coordinator Lee Calladine said: “We will be working with the specialist diabetes team from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to put on a full day of talks and discussion groups to help people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, their families and friends to learn more about their diabetes and how to look after themselves.

“It is our wish that people leave at the end of the day invigorated and with an even greater understanding and enthusiasm of how to manage and live life to the full with diabetes.”

A variety of exhibitors will also be on hand to offer advice on diet, nutrition, health, lifestyle and the latest blood-glucose monitors and diabetes-related products and services.

Dr Sue Jones, consultant physician at the diabetes centre at the University Hospital Hartlepool, said: “As a diabetes healthcare professional, I am delighted to work with DRWF to support this Diabetes Wellness Day for people in our region.

“The day will provide talks and networking sessions in a friendly and relaxed environment and allow people to obtain more knowledge through interaction with their peers, as well as having access to our team of healthcare professionals.

“Our aim is to provide people with the tools and skills they need to better manage their diabetes, develop their existing knowledge and learn something completely new.

“It also gives diabetes healthcare professionals the opportunity to find out what people with diabetes really need from their service.”

The event is to be held at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience from 9.30-4pm on November 17.

There is a £5 registration fee to attend the day which includes access to the full programme of talks and activities, the exhibitor’s area, tea, coffee and refreshment breaks, lunch and free parking. For more information contact Lee Calladine on 02392 637808 or email events@drwf.org.uk