REPORT AND FEEDBACK FROM OUR DIABETES EVENT
Our Diabetes event was held earlier today, (8/7/17) and proved a great success.
The attendance was very good, and towards the end, only 1 seat remained empty.
The guest speaker was Olivia Djouadi, from Diabetes UK.
Olivia took us slowly through the two types of Diabetes, and explained the differences.We were told how the main symptoms noticed are usually a constant thirst and tiredness.We were told how there are currently 3.8 Million diagnosed sufferers, of that 376,000 were in London alone with a probable 100,000 undiagnosed sufferers.
Olivia guided us through the problems faced by relating it to her own extended battle with Diabetes.
Olivia explained how during teenage years, diagnosed sufferers seemed prone to ignore doctors orders, resulting in serious problems. It would seem that the teenage hormones and Diabetes do not work well together.
We were told how in the early stages of Type 2 Diabetes, treatment could be just keeping to a strict diet. This could then progress to medication, and sometimes in Type 1 and advance forms of Type 2 would involve Insulin. As there are various types of insulin, your GP will experiment to find the best version for you, to stabilise your condition. It can also be targetted to match a particular religion or faith.
It was emphasized that keeping to a starch controlled diet is vital to those suffering from Diabetes, and some of the more popular foodstuffs will have to be avoided as much as possible.
This causes many problems within some communities, as these are staple dietary items, and a Diabetic may seem as being rude if they refused to eat larger amounts than are safe for them, and so some understanding is required by the host.
There is a Diabetes Hotline run by Diabetes UK.
The Diabetes Hotline Number is:
0345 123 2399
(Mon – Fri 9am to 7.00pm)
Their website is:
During the event, a translator repayed the key information to the Bengali members of the community who had difficulty understanding the details.
At the end of the event, which ended at 12.30, those present thanked Olivia for coming out of her way to explain so much to us.
It was decided later that there should be 2 meetings for this event next time, one for English speakers, and one for Bengali speakers.