Diabetes warning

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ALMOST 2,000 people in Hartlepool could be living with diabetes without realising it.

The claim came from officials at the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) which is returning to the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to hold a seven-hour seminar for the third year.

Hartlepool, along with Southampton, are the only towns to host specialist days where diabetics can seek answers to their questions.

DRWF will be there on Saturday, November 9, from 9am to 4pm for the event called Diabetes Wellness Day.

The charity will work with Dr Susan Jones, lead diabetes nurse Lisa Doughty and the specialist diabetes team from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Statistics show seven per cent of the Hartlepool population have diabetes, but only 5.3 per cent had been diagnosed. It means about 1,700 people with diabetes remain unaware of their condition.

DRWF community fundraiser Claire Levy said the estimates were based on previous research nationally, and on previously compiled breakdowns of the national figures.

She said the seminar in Hartlepool aimed “to provide a way for people, who might not get a lot of time when they go to see their doctor, to get a chance to ask questions.

“We are very much about trying to keep people well while funding research at the same time. People can ask questions in an easy format. This is a very friendly way for people to find out more, and perhaps to meet new friends.”

The cost of attending is £5 per delegate which includes a full day of talks.

It includes interactive presentations - on diet and nutrition along with healthy eating choices - as well as refreshments and a hot buffet lunch.

DRWF is a registered charity, established in 1998 to raise public awareness and to provide support to people living with diabetes. There will also be a fundraising quiz night at Jackson’s Wharf pub at Hartlepool Marina, starting at 8pm on the same day.

For more information on the Diabetes Wellness Day, email events@drwf.org.uk or call (02392) 636133 to book a place.