Diabetes course coming to Kilkenny

A free education programme for people with type two diabetes is taking place in Kilkenny City, beginning in February.

A free education programme for people with type two diabetes is taking place in Kilkenny City, beginning in February.

It will run on Friday mornings for six weeks at the HSE headquarters on the Dublin Road.

Diabetes, particularly type two diabetes, is a major public health issue and is on the rise in Ireland. In order to help address this, HSE South Community Dietitians are delivering the XPERT Programme, an award winning group programme which aims to inform people about their diabetes enabling them better look after themselves and their condition.

The programme is free of charge to anyone with type 2 diabetes. It was first developed in the UK and is part of an initiative that is now running all over Ireland. People may be unsure about attending a group session but feedback to date from those who attended previous programmes has been extremely positive.

Those with type two diabetes attending the six-week programme will be taught how better manage their diabetes. Lifestyle issues such as excess body weight, alcohol, diet, smoking and of course inactivity and lack of exercise are crucial to managing diabetes.

“The motivation for this education programme is due to the prevalence of type 2 diabetes which has increased globally in recent years,” said Susan Higgins, community dietitian manager for the HSE South.

“This is a major cause of concern to healthcare professionals. The community dietitians hope that by providing and supporting patients with the knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their condition, their health will improve and it will be a win-win situation for all.”

The XPERT programme is free, informal, and participants receive a handbook of information. If you are interested in attending the programme in Kilkenny, or would like more information, please contact Susan Broderick at 056-7761400 or susan.broderick@hse.ie.