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Wick event for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

By Staff Reporter- NOSN

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A SPECIALIST event for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which will offer expert advice and information about living with the condition, is being staged in Wick at the end of this month.

Caithness Diabetes Group, supported by Diabetes Scotland, is hosting the free event, and those living with the condition, their family members and carers are invited to go along.

The group says being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can feel daunting as it is a complex and serious health condition. It is important that people get the information and support they need to manage their condition well.

The specialist event – Living with Diabetes Day – will be held in the Assembly Rooms on Wednesday, October 30, from 10am until 4.30pm, with registration and coffee from 9.30am. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

It will provide people with the essential information they need to live well with their condition. Expert-led workshops on the practical elements of living with type 2 diabetes, such as diet, exercise, foot health, emotional wellbeing and medication, will feature throughout the day.

Alison Grant, regional engagement manager at Diabetes Scotland, said: “There are over 15,000 people living with type 2 diabetes across Highland and we know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect on people.

“There is a lot of information to take in, particularly at the time of diagnosis, so our Living with Diabetes Day is a great way to get detailed expert advice in an easy-to-digest way, as well as being an opportunity to meet other people living with type 2 diabetes.

“We hope the Living with Diabetes Day will give people with type 2 diabetes in the area the information and confidence they need to live well with the condition.”

Sinclair Mackenzie, chairman of Caithness Diabetes Group, said: “For those living with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, they’re very often given lots of support to self-manage their condition. For those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, their lifeline is often much less.

“We wanted to fill that gap and help give people in Caithness living with type 2 diabetes information about all those things that can impact on their diabetes – to help them make informed choices and avoid long-term complications.”

Those interested in attending the event should register in advance or call Diabetes Scotland on 0141 245 6380.

Healthcare professionals working with people with diabetes wishing to be involved in the event, or support it in a professional capacity, can contact Alison Grant on Alison.Grant@diabetes.org.uk

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