News - Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

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05 March 2019

Kim Armstrong is taking on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim 22, between 22 February and 22 May because her daughter, Joanne, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Kim, who is a nurse, said: “When my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes it was a real shock, it came out of the blue.

04 March 2019

Dungannon woman, Rebecca Irwin, is taking on a double marathon challenge for two local charities in the next twelve months.

The first marathon will be the Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5 May followed by the Dublin marathon taking place on Sunday 27 October.

26 February 2019

1 in 10 over 40s in the UK has Type 2 diabetes, with 5.5 million people predicted to be living with diabetes by 2030.

New figures

Our new analysis released today shows that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Northern Ireland has increased from 92,480 to 96,114 since last year.

11 February 2019

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland is calling on runners to take part in the Belfast City Marathon on Sunday 5 May 2019 and raise vital funds for people with diabetes.

There are currently 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

Diabetes is a serious condition, where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.

07 February 2019

We are looking for healthcare professionals from Northern Ireland to lead improvements in diabetes care. We are searching for consultants, nurses, GPs, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists and psychologists to take part in our Clinical Champions programme.

The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, to address the significant variation in p

06 February 2019

We are looking for people from Northern Ireland to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

As a Swim22 challenger you’ll swim an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel – in your local pool, while making a difference with each and every splash.

29 November 2018

Staff and customers from the Largy Road Mace recently held an in-store coffee morning in aid of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and raised a fantastic £1,700 for the charity.

Owner, Patrick Hamill, would like to thank the entire Largy Road community for coming out in force to help support their coffee morning.

29 November 2018

Ballyclare woman and renowned harpist Susan Grace Bates will be putting on a Christmas Musical Evening at Stormont on Friday 14 December with students from the Susan Grace Bates School of Music. The music teacher has decided to donate all the proceeds to Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, because her brother has Type 1 diabetes and she wants to raise vital funds for a local charity close to her heart.

Susan explains, ‘My brother has been living with Type 1 diabetes for most of his life and the reality is that this condition has played a massive part in all of our lives as a family.

29 November 2018

The Diabetes UK Omagh Support Group is holding their annual Christmas Craft Fair in aid of the charity on Saturday 8 December in the Omagh Golf Club.

Group Secretary, Lorraine Reid, said, ‘Our Christmas Craft Fair is a great way to get the community together and enjoy the 20 stalls that will be in attendance.

15 November 2018

Maeve McSparron was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year, an autoimmune condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot produce insulin. A year later, with excellent health care and a determination to keep her condition under control, Maeve arranged a workout session to celebrate her diaversary in her local gym in Larne.

Maeve explained, ‘Diabetes can be tiring, frustrating and scary. I found it very difficult to digest mentally.

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