June 2017 Newsletter

St Helens & District Group NEWSLETTER       June 2017

Welcome to tonight`s meeting, we are delighted to welcome back one of our most popular speakers, Prof Kevin Hardy who is a Consultant Physician, Endocrinologist and Medical Director of St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals Trust – but he still makes time to come along to talk to us! Tonight he will be talking about the possibilities of curing diabetes in the future, or not. Please note, this will be our last meeting until September.

New Programme Cards and yearly posters for 2017/18 are available tonight, please help yourself and take some spare ones to pass on to anyone else who may be interested. It would

be very helpful in publicising our group, if you could take some to your local Pharmacy, Doctors, Opticians, libraries, Sports Centres etc, please take as many as you can use. Remember that

all our future meetings will be here in the St Helens United Reformed Church.

If you have an email address and would like to be reminded about future meetings and any changes to them, please write your details on the form at the back.

Why are cholesterol levels so important, and is there a link between statins, and aching muscles? High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in your blood, can lead to fatty deposits building up in your arteries. This can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can lead to angina, heart attack and stroke. Your body will always make cholesterol as it`s essential for your body to work well so if you are prescribed a statin, you need to take it every day, as they are most beneficial when taken on a long-term basis. If you have diabetes, you are at a much higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and taking statins will help to reduce this risk. Over the years some people have stopped taking them because of a possible link between statins and muscle inflammation leading to pain. There is a blood test which can show if statins may be the cause of any muscle inflammation, or if the discomfort some people feel is simply caused by cramps. If you are concerned about this, then ask your Dr if you can have a Creatine Kinase, or CK blood test.

Taking part in a research trial can be good for you and other people with diabetes too. Synexus Clinical Research Centre in Waterloo are once more looking for people who have Type 2 diabetes or think they may be at risk of developing it, to participate in one of their studies. By taking part, you could help to prevent diabetes in the future, to develop new and better treatments, or even to help find a potential cure. Synexus can reimburse you for reasonable travel expenses, and you could also benefit from health checks, blood tests, and support from friendly medical staff. The Merseyside Clinical Research Centre is based on Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool. For more details you can email christine.mcallister@synexus.com or phone 0151 920 1555. Christine, a Clinical Research Specialist, will be hosting an event on 14th June, from 9.00 –12.00, at Breeze Hill Health Centre in Bootle, L9 1AD. If you are in the area, feel free to call in for more details about the study.

Diabetes Patient Education is very important to help you understand your diabetes, and to cope with it better on a day to day basis. We have mentioned in previous newsletters that you should ask your GP to refer you on to a local course. If, for some reason this doesn`t appeal to you, but you want to learn more about your Type2 Diabetes,

DUK now has a comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes e-learning course, which is online and free, so this may be for you! You don`t have to do it all in one go, you can do it in your own time. Friends and family can use it too. Finding out you’ve got Type 2 diabetes can be an overwhelming experience. This step-by-step online guide is designed to help you understand and start managing your condition. From diet to treatments and where to get support, you’ll find all the information you need if you go to www.type2diabetesandme.co.uk There is also a free Online Education Course  available for people with Type1or Type2 Diabetes, who are on insulin, it is called Understanding Insulin. The course is provided by Future Learn, and is run by the Univ of Southampton. You can do the course at your own speed, but the material is only available for 2 weeks after it ends. The course contains short videos and articles, with a discussion if you want to join in. All 4 weeks are there so it`s possible to see which bits are of interest to you. Simply go to www.tinyurl.com/y7tyaodb

Prescot Walking Group`s Maritime Meander, Sponsored Walk, took place on Sat 3rd June. Barbara and I went along to the launch the evening before on Fri 2nd, and I gave a short talk about our Diabetes UK Group, diabetes, and how it can often be possible to lower the risk of developing the condition. All the members were very interested and friendly. We`d like to thank them all for taking part in the walk and supporting our Group by donating the sponsor money when it`s collected in. Watch this Space!

Hot weather and how to stay hydrated, Drink at least 8 glasses of fluid a day water, squash (sugar-free of course!), tea & coffee all count. Don`t wait until you`re thirsty to drink, that means you`re already dehydrated. When exercising, keep a bottle of water with you and drink it, during and after the exercise. A rough guide is 1 litre of water for every hour of strenuous exercise. Then just hope for more hot weather!

Are you fed up of dieting, but really want to make some positive lifestyle changes to improve your health? ABL (A Better Life) is a FREE specialist weight management and  lifestyle service called Choose To Change, that can help you lose weight permanently by overcoming your barriers to weight loss, make sensible food choices and become more active. If you live in St Helens or your GP`s surgery is there, simply ask your Dr or Practice Nurse to refer you. For further details take one of the flyers from the front.

Our next meeting will not be until Wednesday 6th September, when Dr Kanayou Umeh, a Chartered Psychologist & Snr Lecturer, and Ben Gibson, a Health Psychologist & PhD student, both from John Moores University, will be talking to us on the subject of  – HbA1c blood testing,  and coping with a poor result. The meeting will be here again in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 1HP at 7.30pm. We hope to see you then! Have a lovely Summer!

The June newsletter can be downloaded here.