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Newtown event supports people living with Type 2 diabetes

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A successful event in Newtown on Friday 17 March saw over 60 people living with Type 2 diabetes join healthcare professionals to learn more about their condition.

Diabetes UK Cymru worked with Powys Local Teaching Health Board to design the free event for people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the last few years or those who wanted to add to their knowledge of how to manage the condition. According to the charity there are around 7,500 people living with Type 2 diabetes in Powys, a number that is rising each year.

Let us know how we can continue to support people with Type 2 diabetes in Powys

We will continue to work with the health board over the coming months to further support people living with the condition in the community. This could include setting up local support groups where people with diabetes can share their experiences and work with the health board to improve local care. People affected by the condition are being encouraged to contactDiabetes UK Cymruif they would be interested in setting up or joining a local diabetes support group in their area.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Director Dai Williams said: “Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing Wales today. With the number of people in Powys living with Type 2 diabetes rising every year, it is important they are given the opportunity to access the information they need to live well with condition.

We hope we have empowered people to take control of their diabetes

“At the Living with Diabetes Day we have been able to give people the latest information about their condition and the healthcare services available to them.

“We hope we have empowered people to take control of their diabetes so that they can minimise future complications and live more healthily.”

At the event held in at the NPTC Group of Colleges (formerly Coleg Powys) local healthcare professionals gave workshops on the practical elements of living with Type 2 diabetes, including diet, exercise, medication, travel and driving.     

People with Type 2 diabetes can get support on how to manage their condition online. Those interested can visit the free e-learning programme ‘Type 2 Diabetes and Me’. 

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