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Friday 22 March 2019

Ardee course plan for those with diabetes

As more and more people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, all hospitals and GP practices are struggling to cope with the number of patients seeking treatment.

Lifestyle factors and excess weight are strongly linked with the rise of Type 2 diabetes globally but you can also be slim, fit and develop Type 2 diabetes, typically after 40 years of age.

"Many people when diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes can feel quite upset and have feelings around denial and guilt and often feel unsupported in how to manage the condition. I have been facilitating group education courses for over 12 years and have been hundreds of people benefit for attending our CODE course. Education and support is vital in this process and we urge Monaghan locals to engage with us and learn how to manage or avoid this condition," comments Sinead Powell, Senior Dietitian with Diabetes Ireland.

Diabetes Ireland has developed a structured diabetes education programme and are running a course in Ardee starting Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 11.00am in the Ardee Business Park, Ardee. This is a free course for patients diagnosed with Prediabetes and/ or Type 2 Diabetes. To book your place, contact Sheila 01 8428118

There are almost 200,000 people diagnosed with Type 2 in Ireland and an estimated 450,000 with Prediabetes. Typical symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are thirst, tiredness, frequent urination (especially at night) and weight gain or loss but in some people there can be no symptoms for up to 12 years and the damage to their body is taking place silently over the years. Persistent high blood glucose damages blood vessels affecting the entire body. Limb-loss, blindness and stroke are some of the complications from poorly managed or "ignored" diabetes.

Diabetes Ireland is Ireland's national diabetes charity employing health professionals to support and educate those living with diabetes and raise awareness and screen for Type 2 diabetes and Prediabetes.

To learn more about your type 2 diabetes risk, visit www.diabetes.ie and take an online test.

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