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Ipswich event to support people living with Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes UK and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are hosting a free event for people living with Type 2 diabetes in Ipswich on Monday 15 July.

People will learn how to maintain a healthy diet, become more confident in managing their diabetes day-to-day and find out what services are available locally. There will also be an opportunity to ask diabetes experts questions and get practical up-to-date information.

There will also be a keynote address from leading diabetes consultant Dr Gerry Rayman, who leads the diabetes team at Ipswich Hospital. He will be discussing care locally and nationally.

The event will take place at Kesgrave War Memorial and Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Monday July 15.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. It can lead to sight loss, amputation, stroke and kidney failure if not managed well. With the right treatment, knowledge and support people living with diabetes can lead a long, full and healthy life. There are more than 20,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG area and around 90 per cent of them have Type 2. 

The event is being funded by the Diabetes UK Ipswich Local Group, who fundraised and raised awareness of the condition throughout the year and wanted to do even more to support local people better manage and understand the condition. 

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK’s Midlands and East Regional Head, said: 

“We know living with Type 2 diabetes can be hard, so this event aims to help people think about how they manage their condition and what they could do differently.

“Hearing from health experts and other people with Type 2 diabetes may offer a fresh insight, which can help people take a transformational path to their healthiest self.

“Everyone’s journey is different, but better access to care, education and support can help people live well with Type 2 diabetes.”

Dr Imaad Khalid, Diabetes Lead for NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for those living with Type 2 diabetes to increase their understanding of the condition, gain the knowledge they need to live well and offers the chance to talk with local diabetes health care experts.

“We know that some people can find it challenging to live with the condition. By attending this event people can better understand that making some simple, achievable lifestyle choices will help enable them to live a long life.”

If you would like to attend, sign up at www.ipswichlwdd2019.eventbrite.co.uk or call 01376 501390. Lunch will be provided, but please note, places are limited.

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