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Omagh Diabetes Support Group meeting

Omagh Diabetes Support Group will welcome Rosa McCanney as the guest speaker at the group’s next meeting on Tuesday 24th September at Omagh Fire Station, 7.30pm. Rosa is a Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Optometrist and will be discussing the importance of eye care when living with diabetes and what happens during retinopathy screening.

Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, affecting more people than any other serious health condition in the UK – more than dementia and cancer combined. There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland.

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland Volunteer Development Manager, Heather Causer, said, ‘Eye health is a major concern for many people living with diabetes so it is great to have this opportunity to hear from an expert and ask questions that you might have. If you would like to find out more about the updates on diabetic retinopathy then please do come along to our next meeting on Tuesday 24th September, at the Omagh Fire Station, 7.30pm. New faces are always warmly welcomed so come along to hear our great guest speaker, Rosa McCanney, and talk to others living with the condition in the Omagh area.’

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of preventable sight loss in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

If you would like more information about this then please contact the Diabetes UK Northern Ireland office on 028 9066 6646 or email NIvolunteering@diabetes.org.uk.

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