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Diabetes UK Helping Patients Get Active Conference

If you want to encourage your adult patients with diabetes to move more in their daily lives, watch the video sessions back from our free online conference in November 2021

The National Lottery; Sport England

You'll hear directly from people living with diabetes, and from inspiring experts in their field as we address the key issues surrounding diabetes and exercise, leaving you better equipped to help people get more active

Our conference was designed for any healthcare professional who wants to encourage adults with diabetes to do more than 30 minutes of exercise each week.

We know the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle – especially when you are living with or at risk of diabetes. However, many people do not know where to start, have several barriers to overcome, or need more support from their healthcare professionals.

This event was created with support from National Lottery funding through Sport England.

Using the subtitles: Please note, the videos are currently using automatic subtitling which may not be accurate. We're working to update these.  

Video 1: A patient's perspective on getting active when you have diabetes

What helps patients keep active and what stops them? We're joined by Vivienne Cowan who has type 2 diabetes and Kultar Shahi who has type 1 diabetes. Chair: Dan Howard, Head of Care, Diabetes UK. Dan has type 1 diabetes and also shares his insights.


Video 2: Good practice for healthcare professionals in getting people living with diabetes to move more

How to encourage patients living with diabetes to become more active. With practical examples you can use in your own work. We're joined by Tom Yates, Professor of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health — University of Leicester. Chaired by Celene Walker, Diabetes UK's Physical Activity Project Coordinator.


Video 3. Nutrition and exercise: What should I prescribe?

Things to think about when it comes to nutrition for patients deciding to get active, including hypos, low-carb diets and healthy swaps. We bust some common myths and answer the most commonly asked questions. We're joined by Mel Stephenson-Gray, Registered Diabetes Dietician, NHS Wales, Diabetes UK trustee and international level athlete. Chair: Diabetes UK's Senior Clinical Advisor Emma Elvin.


Video 4. Moving Medicine: What is it and how you can use it? 

Watch a demonstration of how the Moving Medicine resource can help you integrate physical activity and diabetes conversations into routine clinical care. With Dr Chris Speers, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine from Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. Chaired by Neil Gibson, Diabetes UK's Senior Physical Activity Advisor.


Video 5. What are the main barriers and motivators when getting active for people living with diabetes?

Learn more about the physical, psychological and emotional barriers faced by people living with diabetes when trying to get active. With Dr Rob Andrews, Associate Professor of Diabetes / Honorary Consultant in Diabetes, University of Exeter Medical School Chaired by Anna Neophytou, Helpline Team Leader, Diabetes UK. 


Video 6. Engaging South Asian patients with diabetes to get more active

Hear about the key factors to consider in your patient conversations about physical activity, to help you to feel more confident support people from South Asian communities. With Professor Jason Gill, Professor of Cardiometabolic Health - University of Glasgow. Chaired by Pete Shorrick Head of Midlands and East, Diabetes UK.


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