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Healthhwatch Leicester takes to the waves again during his regular Tuesday’s show.

Added: Wednesday 31st August 2016 02:39:48 PM

Healthhwatch Leicester takes to the waves again during his regular Tuesday’s show.

This month Healthwatch Leicester show was dedicated to diabetes, a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people with undiagnosed diabetes.

Date: 30th August 2016, Venue: EAVA FM Studios, Leicester.

Leicester has a higher than average prevalence of diabetes with almost 7% of the city currently registered. Diabetes is linked to obesity and is also around four times more prevalent in the South Asian population.

Our guests Joe Henson, a Research Associate, who works at Leicester Diabetes Research Centre at the University of Leicester, and David Henson, Executive Officer at Healthwatch Leicester, were discussing the different types of diabetes, signs and symptoms of diabetes, including how type 2 diabetes is diagnosed and the importance of early intervention and prevention.

The Leicester Diabetes Centre is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester, led by Professor Melanie Davies CBE and Professor Kamlesh Khunti. The Centre is now one of the largest facilities in Europe for carrying out first class, cutting edge research in the field of diabetes, prevention, and related long-term conditions.

Listeners have had a chance to learn more about type 2 diabetes, including complications, treatment options, the common myths, and the why prevention is so important. Benefits of regular physical activity – including ‘how much and how often’ and the impact of reducing sitting time, food choices and healthy eating were highlighted as the key prevention mechanisms.

You are looking for support on diabetes you can get in touch with Healthwatch Leicester:

Helpline: 0116 251 8313
Email: information@healthwatchleicester.co.uk
Web: www.healthwatchleicester.co.uk

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