Reducing the burden of diabetes in our communities

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22 November 2011 

Aston University and the medical team at Heartlands Hospital, in Birmingham, held a joint event to help patients, their families, friends and carers to learn more about the risk factors for diabetes. The aim was to reduce the burden of diabetes in our communities.

The free event was be held at MIDRU Building in Heartlands Hospital on Tuesday 29th November from 5-7pm.

The event offered the chance to work out your own risk of getting diabetes in the next ten years. There was an opportunity to measure your body fat and learn how you can help reduce your chances of getting diabetes. Professor Cliff Bailey, from Aston University, gave a short talk about the risk factors for diabetes.

In addition, the medical team at Heartlands Hospital presented their ideas for a study where friends and families will work together to reduce their risk of getting diabetes. The team were particularly keen to hear the opinions and viewpoints of patients, families and carers.

Dr Nichola Seare, Director of the Aston Health Research and Innovation Cluster and Professor Helen Pattison took a lead role in the organisation of the event.

If you would like you any more information about the event please contact Hannah Batchelor, Research and Development, Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust on 0121 424 2896 or 07500 029102 or by email at Hannah.batchelor@heartofengland.nhs.uk