Diabetes UK and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are holding a free educational event for people living with Type 2 diabetes.
The ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ will take place on Friday 29 June at Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays, from 10am to 4pm. The one-day event aims to help people from the Thurrock area who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the last few years.
People who have been living with Type 2 diabetes for longer, but need to either brush up on their knowledge or feel they do not know how to manage their condition are also welcome to attend.
The event will provide essential information needed to live well with Type 2 diabetes, a serious, life-long condition which can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin.
Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK Eastern Regional Head, who will present at the event, said:
“Living with Type 2 diabetes is hard and we know that a diagnosis can have a life-changing effect on people.
“There is a lot of information to take in, particularly when you have first been diagnosed, so this event is a great way to get detailed expert advice in an easy-to-digest way.
“We hope the day will give people in the area the confidence they need to live well with the condition and meet other people also living with Type 2 diabetes.”
Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager and Planned/Unplanned Care Lead for NHS Thurrock CCG, said:
“We held a successful event last year and we wanted to give more people with Type 2 diabetes the chance to get together and meet the healthcare professionals that provide care and support in Thurrock.
“Being given the most up to date and accurate information is one of the key factors in managing Type 2 diabetes. We are pleased to be working with Diabetes UK to support people locally and to promote the development of a support group in Thurrock.”
Healthcare professionals will talk about local healthcare and the services available to people with Type 2 diabetes in the area. They will also advise on some simple steps to better manage the condition and reduce their risk of suffering from diabetes-related complications, such as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, amputation and blindness.
Everything from looking after your feet, nutritional advice and healthcare essentials to local support groups, safe driving and Diabetes UK services will be discussed on the day.