October 2017 Newsletter

DiABETES UK            NEWSLETTER        October 2017 

                                                                                                                                                                             KNOW DIABETES. FIGHT DIABETES

St Helens & District Group

Welcome to this evening`s meeting, we are delighted to welcome tonight`s speaker, Helen Pendlebury, Helen is an Advanced Podiatrist,  who specialises in Long Term Conditions She is going to speak to us about Diabetes Annual Foot Screening and changes to the Service. Please help yourself to the various leaflets on diabetes footcare at the front.

At our last meeting, Dr Kanayo Umeh, from John Moores University was speaking to us about coping emotionally with a poor HbA1c result. Researchers at LJMU, are looking for volunteers to take part in a study on managing these negative emotions. Participants may be offered a brief online psychological intervention, that promotes positive thinking, specifically in relation to HbA1c results. They will also be emailed periodically and asked about their diabetes self- management. If you choose to take part, you may receive an Amazon voucher at the end of the 4 week study. You will also be entitled to free psychological advice on emotional issues to do with HbA1c testing,(from Psychologists at LJMU) For further details go to: https://ljmupsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cAaPkJYy41hAUwB?var=548430367&ggd=vsdgfhasbb Or if you would prefer to do the study face-to-face, contact Ben at B.Gibson@2016.ljmu.ac.uk


DUK Christmas Catalogues are available at the front, Sorry, I know it`s only Oct! Look inside and you`ll find a big selection of diabetes-related products, Christmas cards and gifts. To order something, visit the DUK online shop at: shop.diabetes.org.uk simply submit your order and it will be delivered to your home. Alternatively you can phone 0800 585 088, or post the completed order form at the back of the catalogue. Shopping with DUK helps raise funds to continue the valuable work of helping the 4 million people living with diabetes in the UK.

Does everyone with diabetes need to test their blood sugars? For many people, self-monitoring of blood sugars is necessary to enable them to manage their diabetes. Everyone with Type1, and many with Type 2 (who use insulin or other medications that can cause hypos) need to have access to test strips so they can test their blood sugars. DUK have found that 1 in 4 still face restrictions getting the number of strips they need. This can force people to buy strips themselves and can also cause unnecessary distress, including people worrying about not being able to meet legal requirements to test before driving. A DUK survey found that when people challenge the restrictions locally, they nearly always succeed. DUK have put together a support pack to help with this, and an online action to help you send a letter to your local Health Bosses. To download the pack or to use the online tool go to www.diabetes.org.uk/testing-times or call the Helpline on 0345 123 2399.

It`s a well known fact that many of us who have diabetes also have problems with anxiety and depression. Harmony Donation Based Counselling is a Mental Health Service in St Helens. They offer a wide variety of support, including stress management, meditation groups or one to one counselling sessions, immediate appts are available and they offer unlimited sessions. Harmony is based at 14 Vincent Street,WA10 1LF and are open every day including evenings and weekends. If you feel you could do with some support with anxiety, depression, stress management etc you can contact them by going to www.harmony-ch.com or you can call 07948 571950,

Many thanks to Warren Duffy for his very kind donation in memory of his late Aunt, Edith Boardman, who lived in Haydock. Warren and his wife decided that Edith would have liked to donate to Diabetes UK as her late Son, Kevan and her Daughter Lyn had both had diabetes from an early age. They have donated £1,000 from Edith`s estate and her friends and neighbours collected £90 in her memory, making a total of £1,090. Many thanks to all of them for thinking of our Group.

Winter is coming, so don`t let the flu catch you out! Anyone over the age of 65 or with a long-term condition like diabetes can be more susceptible to flu, and its possible complications, such as: bronchitis, pneumonia and raised blood sugar levels. Now is the time to protect yourself against it. The good news is that people with diabetes are entitled to a free annual flu jab, it is also one of  your 15 Health Care Essentials, help yourself to a card from the front or visit www.diabetes.org.uk/15-essentials Book your appointment asap, most GP practices and some Pharmacies are now running special Flu clinics. The sooner you are vaccinated, the sooner you are protected! If you are between 70 – 79 you are also entitled to an inoculation against shingles.

Do you still use Bovine Insulin? If so, you are probably aware that it is to be discontinued in the UK very soon (the earliest being Dec 2017). Bovine insulin is extracted from the pancreas of dead cattle. The majority of people on insulin now use Human Insulin, this does not come from a Human Pancreas but is produced in a lab by using a synthetic, man-made gene. This process produces insulin that is exactly the same as that created in the human pancreas. If you or someone you know, does still use Bovine Insulin, you should contact your Dr or nurse asap, to decide on which of the many types of insulin available, may suit you even better. For further details take one of the sheets at the front that give the names and finishing dates of all the Bovine insulins.

You  don`t  still  buy  foods  labelled as “suitable for diabetics” do  you? DUK has been lobbying for years to remove these labels from products. Manufacturers have now been banned from labelling foods in this way. “Diabetic foods” are often as high in fat and calories as standard products , sometimes even higher, and they can also have a laxative effect!

Healthy Living, St Helens, can help you change your life for the better. Health Trainers are local people who know how hard it can be to make healthy choices for you and your family. They can support you to eat more healthily, improve your mental wellbeing, give up smoking, increase your activity levels and lose weight. For further details you can take one of the info sheets from the front, visit www.healthysthelens.co.uk or phone 0300 300 0103.

How do you dispose of your sharps? The safe way is in a sharps bin, supplied and emptied free of charge by your Local Council. If you live in St Helens, phone the Council on 01744  456789 and ask for a sharps bin. If you live in Knowsley you will need to be referred by a Healthcare Professional, ask them to phone; 0151 443 2400 on your behalf.

Details of next meeting

   Date  . . . . . . Wednesday 1st November 2017, 7.30pm.

   Subject . . . .    Diabetes and Low Carbohydrate Diets

   Speaker  . . . . Lara Wessels, Diabetes Advanced Dietitian.       

  St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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