Charity runs diabetes wellness day

From left, Jenny Diment, Karen Scott, Sarah Tutton, and Sarah Brown 
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From left, Jenny Diment, Karen Scott, Sarah Tutton, and Sarah Brown Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170928-1)
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THE number of people with diabetes has doubled in the last 20 years – and one charity is trying to make sure as much help as possible is at hand.

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation hosted a wellness day to help those living with diabetes and provide them with advice on delaying type two diabetes – which can be brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle – and managing and treating type one – an autoimmune condition.

Christine Francere, left, from Millbrook who has diabetes, talks to Barbara Walling of Phoenix Trading.
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Christine Francere, left, from Millbrook who has diabetes, talks to Barbara Walling of Phoenix Trading. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170928-1)

Research administrator, Sarah Brown said: ‘It is fantastic for people because with the NHS and the strain it is under you have to give people a certain amount of information so they can be aware of their own health.’

A range of health organisations and companies including Solent NHS, BHR Pharmaceuticals Limited and GlucoRx, were on hand to talk to diabetics and their families about support, new treatments and glucose testing monitors.

Solent NHS Trust adult diabetes nurse Beth Kelly said: ‘We want to provide some information about our service. There are a lot of people going undiagnosed with diabetes.’

Held at the Solent Hotel in Whiteley, talks ran throughout the day that focused on understanding glucose, and preventing complications.

Volunteers Chris Edwards, left, and Roy Winchcombe, who has diabetes.
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Volunteers Chris Edwards, left, and Roy Winchcombe, who has diabetes. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170928-1)

Recipe books produced by Antony Worrall Thompson were available to buy at the event and contained a multitude of specialist recipes for diabetics.