Keep an eye on your diabetes

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Keep an eye on your diabetes

“Keep an Eye on your Diabetes” is an opportunity to meet diabetes experts one on one at The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday, March 15 from 7-9pm.

As more and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes, HSE services are being simply overwhelmed and are struggling to cope with the number of patients seeking diabetes treatment. Meanwhile, people with diabetes have to manage their condition on a day-to-day basis. Without proper education and understanding of the condition, this is not easy.

Diabetes is a 24/7 condition and left unmanaged or poorly controlled can have a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life. Uncontrolled or poorly managed diabetes is the primary cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.

Dr Anna Clarke, Diabetes Ireland, said “most diabetes patients are very good at taking their prescribed medications but many don’t appreciate, or choose to ignore, the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise as part of their overall management of diabetes. I know it’s hard but the reality is that people with diabetes need to look after themselves every hour of every day”.

Diabetes Ireland supported by a HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme is offering people with Type 2 diabetes the opportunity to meet face-to-face with diabetes experts outside of a hospital setting to learn more about their condition.

Four experts from a variety of fields in the area of Type 2 diabetes will host the event at The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday, March 15 from 7-9pm.

Each speaker will give a 5-minute introduction on their topic and then all attendees will be divided into small groups. Our experts will move from table-to-table in rotation for 15-minute Q&A sessions. This allows for easy conversation and provides the opportunity for attendees to ask anything they like about diabetes, or just listen and learn from other questions. The experts and their topics are:

  •         “ The importance of self-managing your Diabetes” -Dr Cathy McHugh, Consultant Endocrinologist, Sligo Hospital
  • “Carbohydrates and how to control blood glucose. What do I need to know?”- Jacqueline O Connor, Senior Dietitian
  • “Understanding my numbers; why blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels are so important”-Patricia Murray, Community Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Sligo Hospital
  • “Tips for self-management of your feet” - Emily Madden, Podiatrist, Sligo University Hospital

To book a place, call Regina Patton on 071 914 6001.