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Focus on Croydon’s BAME communities at public diabetes meeting

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The Croydon Diabetes UK local group has organised a public meeting to look at research into treating Type 2 diabetes in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 12 April, from 12.30-3pm at the Croydon & District Masonic Hall, 73 Oakfield Road, Croydon CR0 2UX. The free event will include a buffet lunch. To book a place, emaillondon@diabetes.org.ukor call 020 7424 1116.

Tim Read, chair of the Croydon Diabetes UK local group, said: “We are hoping as many people as possible will come and find out about recent research and how it can be used to create a more focused approach to treating Type 2 diabetes.

“We also want to help those who provide care such as Clinical Commissioning Groups to hear about ways to approach diverse populations such as we have in Croydon.”

Figures from Public Health England show that 31,579 of people in Croydon have diabetes, 10.5% of the population and ahead of the national average of around 9%.*

People with diabetes typically see a health care professional for just a few hours a year and self-manage their condition the rest of the time. Successful self-management can reduce the risk of the complex and costly complications of diabetes including lower limb amputation, heart attack, stroke, kidney problems and blindness.

TheDiabetes UK local Croydon Groupmeets six times a year and new members are welcome. The next meeting of the group will be on Thursday, May 11 at 7.45pm at the East Croydon United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove, East Croydon, CRO 5LP when two members of the Diabetes UK team - Rachael Glover, Improving Care Manager and Corriene Bailey-Bearfield, Senior Volunteer Development Manager, will update the group on the charity and its activities.

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