Prediabetes & Type 2 Diabetes Education Course in CARLOW
Education is the Answer
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.
“Most people are not aware of the risks and are surprised and upset when diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2. They then face a challenge to learn about the condition. Education is vital and we urge Carlow locals to engage with us and learn how to manage or avoid this condition” comments Jenny Dunbar, Diabetes Nurse Specialist with Diabetes Ireland.
Diabetes Ireland has developed a structured diabetes education programme and are running a course in Carlow on March 28th in The Askea Parish Centre at 10.45am. There are a few place left on the course and you can book on 01 842 8118. This is a free course for patients diagnosed with Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.
There are almost 200,000 people diagnosed with Type 2 in Ireland and many thousands 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.
To learn more about your type 2 diabetes risk, visit www.diabetes.ie and take our online test. There are many benefits to becoming a member of Diabetes Ireland.
Diabetes Ireland is the national diabetes charity since 1967, dedicated to providing support, education and motivation to all people affected by diabetes. It raises public awareness of diabetes and its symptoms and funds Irish-based research into diabetes.
- The total number of people living with diabetes in Ireland is estimated to be 225,840
- Type 1 Diabetes, an auto-immune condition, is typically diagnosed in childhood and is not preventable. Type 2 Diabetes is preventable with changes to lifestyle and diet in 40%-60% of those diagnosed.
- Diabetes affects 1 in 3 Irish families