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Island stages major diabetes seminar

Island stages major diabetes seminar

Saturday 16 November 2019

Island stages major diabetes seminar


A local charity that supports people with diabetes is hosting a seminar with diabetes specialists today to discuss the benefits of technology in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, the importance of psychological support, as well as strategies for managing exercise - all in a bid to make life easier for people living with the condition.

The seminar is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel today from 10:00 to 15:30 and has attracted hundreds of attendees, including GPs.

Diabetes Jersey, who successfully campaigned for life-changing monitoring devices to be made free to all affected by Type 1 Diabetes, has invited three recognized speakers from Imperial College to discuss the condition for which there is currently no cure.

It is estimated that 400 islanders have Type 1 Diabetes, an auto-immune disease that occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. It is not associated with diet, or lifestyle factors, and cannot be prevented.

“This could be one of the most important events to date for everyone whose life is directly affected by type 1 diabetes,” said Bill O’Brien the chairman of the charity.

Radisson Blu

Pictured: The seminar will take place at the Radisson Hotel.

Professor Nick Oliver - the Wynn Professor of Human Metabolism and a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at Imperial College -  will be discussing the benefits of technology in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

Sian Rilstone - a Diabetes Specialist Dietician and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College  - will speak about managing exercise with Type 1.

Finally, Dr Vicky McKechnie - a Type 1 Specialist Clinical Psychologist at Charing Cross Hospital and Imperial College – will touch upon the management of the psychological issues of living with Type 1 and the importance of psychological support.

Diane Coppins, a Type 1 diabetes specialist dietician at the Diabetes Centre at Overdale, will also joint the event, talking about carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment.

“This seminar concentrates on making life easier for people with Type 1 diabetes, a condition that affects both children and adults and will stay with them all their lives,” Mr O’Brien said.

 “Each speaker is a nationally recognized specialist in their subject and we have been very fortunate to attract such luminaries in the treatment of this pernicious condition. There is still time and space for anyone whose life is affected by Type 1 diabetes to register online with Eventbrite.com.”

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