World Diabetes Week celebrations kicks off in Cork
As part of World Diabetes Week celebrations, Diabetes Ireland will be kicking off events with its Diabetes Health & Wellbeing Exhibition taking place in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Douglas, Cork from 12 noon to 5:00 pm Sunday 11th November.
This free exhibition will provide an array of attractions for the public such as free diabetes health checks, blood pressure and HbA1c testing, weight & BMI checks, plus a range of patient education forums throughout the day.
With over 20 companies exhibiting, all of the latest medical technology will be on display to touch and feel, along with a broad range of healthy living stands and other diabetes related services and professionals in attendance to answer queries from attendees.
Ms Pauline Lynch, Diabetes Ireland said “this is the first time since 2011 that the exhibition will be in Cork. Normally, we see 1500 attendees at this flagship event. Those in attendance include people living with diabetes and their families and those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. With so much diabetes expertise under one roof, it’s an event not to be missed”.
Education forum topics will range from the latest developments in diabetes research and technology developments, reversal of Type 2 diabetes, importance of exercise in Type 1 diabetes management to how gut bacteria affects your health and the importance of good oral health from a diabetes perspective. . For parents, topics will cover coping with diabetes during those teenage years and throughout school life.
At the event, Diabetes Ireland will also be hosting a medal awards ceremony for people who have lived well with diabetes for 50 years. Charity Chairperson, Professor Hilary Hoey, who has worked for the past 50 years in diabetes will be presenting the awards and also sharing her memories. Professor Hilary Hoey, said “this is a day to celebrate life with diabetes and to see just how far technology has come in terms of improving management of diabetes. Prior to the discovery of insulin, people who developed diabetes had no future but today with new technologies, medications and more knowledge of the condition, people with diabetes can live a full life and this is what we are celebrating”.
For World Diabetes Week, Diabetes will also partner with MSD (Ireland) to launch a social media campaign “First Things First” to raise awareness among the diabetes community of the importance of getting glucose control within target range and host an All-Ireland Diabetes Paediatric Conference for healthcare professionals in Dublin plus many community/workplace diabetes awareness events. Visit www.diabetes.ie for further information on diabetes and upcoming events.