People living with diabetes, their friends and families and anyone who thinks they may be at risk of developing the condition are being urged to attend an education event.
In conjunction with Diabetes UK, the Stamford surgeries of Lakeside Healthcare, are hosting a diabetes education event which will include healthcare professional speakers.
The event will be free and is taking place at Stamford United Reformed Church Hall in Broad Street, Stamford, on Thursday, April 14, from 1pm to 5pm.
Stamford town councillor Harrish Bisnauthsing, who is also a member of the St Mary’s Medical Centre patient group, knows how important it is for people to attend.
His son Teelesh suffered from type two diabetes and died earlier this year, aged just 41.
It is believed he died as a result of complications, resulting from diabetes, and his grieving father, who described Teelesh as “calm and a free spirit” is urging people to attend the diabetes education event.
Harrish said: “If we can stop more people from dying from this disease, then it can only be a good thing.
“It is very important to take care of our bodies and not to ignore the warning signs, especially for young people.”
Donations from Teelesh’s funeral were donated to the Friends of Stamford Hospital with a view to opening a diabetes clinic in his name as a lasting legacy.
During the event on April 14, a panel of experts including a diabetes consultant, a dietician, a podiatrist and diabetes researcher will be attending and will be able to answer questions.
Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group will also be present and will be discussing the current provision available in the area and plans for the future.
The event offers people living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, along with people who have an interest in the condition to find out more about self-care, diet, exercise and foot care.
There will also be information around the support available for people living with diabetes in the Stamford area.
Refreshments will be available and while people are welcome to turn up on the day, bookings to secure a place can be made at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stamford-diabetes-education-event-tickets-22034171801
l The first wave of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme was announced this week, with Lincolnshire being one of the first 27 areas, covering half of the country’s population, to benefit from the initiative.
It is estimated that initially, in the first wave, up to 20,000 people across the 27 new areas announced will be offered places on the world’s first nationwide scheme in a bid to prevent them developing type two diabetes.
More than 9,000 people live with the condition in the South Lincolnshire area.
Patients who are referred to the programme will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of type two diabetes.
There are currently 2.6 million people with type two diabetes in England.