Diabetes Ireland to hold national meeting in Kilkenny

Diabetes Ireland will hold its national spring meeting at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on Sunday, April 22.

Diabetes Ireland will hold its national spring meeting at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny on Sunday, April 22.

The event, chaired by Hilary Hoey, will begin at 2pm. It includes tea and coffee, as well as a raffle draw.

Alongside the increasing prevalence of diabetes in Ireland, we are seeing more and more medications being made available for treating the condition. These range from new insulins for Type 1 diabetes to a variety of tablets for Type 2 diabetes and other closely-related conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The meeting aims to deal with this issue by outlining to patients the different medications available and how they work to manage the condition.

“many patients take a variety of different medications on a daily basis without knowing what each medication does, so this is a good opportunity to learn about your medications,” said Dr Anna Clarke, Diabetes Ireland,

Speakers on the day include Dr John McDermott, Consultant Endocrinologist at Connolly Memorial Hospital, who will discuss the current medications used to control diabetes and their roles and the importance of diet and exercise to help medications work better, and Ms Kate O’Connor, a dietitian at St Luke’s Hospital, who will discuss the use of carbohydrates to control blood sugars.

Understanding carbohydrates, and how they work, gives patients with diabetes greater food choices. Kate will also address the issue of severe diets and rapid weight loss as seen in the recent RTE Operation Transformation programme and their impact on long term Type 2 diabetes management.

With the Health Service Executive (HSE) committed to improving diabetes services nationwide, Ms Mairead Gleeson will be outlining HSE diabetes service development plans and what people with diabetes can expect to see in 2012 and beyond.

“The development and launch of new HSE diabetes services is a Government commitment and of extreme importance to thousands of people with diabetes throughout the country,” said Dr Clarke.

“More regular access to diabetes services will help people manage their condition more effectively and enjoy a better quality of life. I would urge people with diabetes to come along to this meeting and hear from the experts.”