A Happy New Year!
See the 2017 Bristol Diabetes Support Network meetings for this years annual calendar.
In November 2016 The All Party Parliamentary group for Diabetes published its report Levelling Up which looks at inequalities in diabetes care across the country. You can download it on;
We have a number of meetings coming up over the next couple of months.
Bristol East is holding a social event with its AGM on Saturday 21st January at 2 pm at the Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds. It will be an informal event and everyone is welcome to come along.
Bristol South meets on 30th January at Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road, Knowle between 4 and 5 pm. The South is trying out a new approach this year with a mixture of drop ins and meetings. The times will differ to take account of dark evenings. On 30 January, 27 March and 30 October, the drop ins will be held between 4 and 5 pm. On 26 June and 25 September they will be held between 7 and 8 pm. The meeting in February will be held between 3 and 5pm. We will confirm the speaker nearer the time.
Dundry View drop in is on 16 January between 10 and 11.15 am. Please join us for a drink and a chat at Hartcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre, 4 Hareclive Rd, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0JW.
Bristol Central, the drop in for people with Type 1 diabetes, meets at the Bristol Hotel on Prince Street on 31st January. Please join us for a drink and a chat anytime between 5.45 and 8pm. Elizabeth Rowley from Type 1 International is planning to join us to talk about her work in increasing access to insulin and diabetes supplies around the world.
Bristol West has invited Dr Angeliki Papadaki to talk about her work with the Mediterranean Diet on 23rd February at the Westbury Primary Practice on Westbury Hill starting at 2pm. Angeliki has been a popular speaker with other groups.
If there are any topics you would like to hear about or any other ideas then please contact us. Volunteers are also very welcome! Also if you would prefer not to receive these updates, then please let me know.
With best wishes
Bristol Diabetes Support Network
November which is Diabetes Awareness Month seems a good time to write an update. For those of you with Type 1 diabetes have you seen JDRF's Get Your Diadigits poster? You put in information about how long you have had diabetes and it tells you how many injections, hypos, sleepless nights etc you have had. I found it amusing but if you don't like letting the world know your personal information, it's not for you. The link is https://jdrf.org.uk/get-involved/t1d-looks-like/
It's also World Diabetes Day on Monday 14th November. We are planning to have a stand at Bristol Royal Infirmary to raise awareness about diabetes particularly about the growing numbers of people with or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The National Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes is being rolled out across the country. Obviously not all Type 2 can be prevented but a large proportion can be with changes to lifestyle, which is what the programme is aiming to do.
Closer to home, The Diabetes and Nutrition Services (DANS) has set dates for their Skills for Life course for people with Type 1 diabetes. Here is the information.
Skills for Life
We have 6 evening sessions available which are based around a topic. Please see topics, dates and venues of these sessions below:
If anyone is interested in attending these sessions then please ask them to contact us on 0117 9598970, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask their Healthcare Professional to refer them to us (must be registered toÂ GP in Bristol)
Bristol Central, the drop in for people with Type 1 diabetes, meets at the Bristol Hotel on Prince Street on 8 November. Please join us for a drink and a chat anytime between 5.45 and 8pm.
Bristol West has invited a speaker from the charity Medical Dogs on 17th November at the Westbury Primary Practice on Westbury Hill starting at 2pm. We were hoping to have a dog present but sadly we couldn't arrange it.
Bristol East is meeting to hear about research into diabetes on 19th November at 2 pm at the Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds. Bristol South meets on 28th November at Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road, Knowle for a vintage tea party to celebrate its fifth year. There will also be a brief AGM.
Dundry View drop in is on 14 November between 10 and 11.15 am. Please join us for a drink and a chat at Hartcliffe Nursery School and Childrenâ€™s Centre, 4 Hareclive Rd, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0JW
We have dates for meetings next year and are starting to plan our programme so if there are any topics you would like to hear about or any other ideas then please contact us. Volunteers are also very welcome!
With best wishes
I hope you are enjoying a good summer, despite the unpredictable weather. It has been quiet this last couple of months but with September approaching, here is an update on the Diabetes Support Network.
Bristol West has a session with the British Red Cross on 18th August at the Westbury Primary Practice on Westbury Hill starting at 2pm.
Bristol Central, the drop in for people with Type 1 diabetes, meets at the Bristol Hotel on Prince Street on 13 September. Please join us for a drink and a chat anytime between 5.45 and 8pm.
Bristol East is meeting to hear about how to live successfully with arthritis on 17th September at 2 pm at the Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds.
Bristol South meets on 26th September at Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road, Knowle to learn about how to become involved in research into diabetes. A researcher is looking for people with diabetes to help design a research study.
Dundry View drop in is on 12th September. Please join us for a drink and a chat at Hartcliffe Nursery School and Children's Centre, 4 Hareclive Rd, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0JW
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes is looking at how to improve standards in diabetes care. The final meeting is on 7 September when the group will look at case studies from Clinical Commissioning Groups that have developed effective systems of care. If you would like to know more, the link is https://diabetes-appg.co.uk.
We are starting to plan our programme for next year so if there are any topics you would like to hear about or any other ideas then please contact us.
With best wishes
Do you have Type 2 diabetes? Would you be interested in helping the University of Bristol & the University Hospitals Bristol NHS plan a research study?
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Bristol South held a well attended meeting at the end of April, learning about the possible benefits of the Mediterranean diet from Angeliki Papadaki who researched the benefits to people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
The next meeting is on 27th June when Agata Palmer will look at how living with diabetes can affect your mental health.
Bristol Central met at the beginning of April where lively discussion took place on a variety of subjects including the possibility of having some sort of circus entertainment as people with Type 1 are constantly juggling their control!
The next drop in is on 7 June from around 5.45 until 8 pm at the Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol
Bristol West will meet on 19 May to hear Alastair McFarlane discussing how to incorporate simple exercise as a way of helping to control blood glucose levels.
Bristol East also has a focus on easy exercise when it meets on 21 May.
The next drop in at Hartcliffe is on 18 May at 1.30 and the drop in at Withywood on 9 May from 10.30 until 11.30.
On May 15th as part of the Bristol Walkfest, we are holding our walk around the Harbourside, starting at 10.30 at the globe in Millennium Square. It is a flat, gentle walk with lots of possible coffee stops. If you do not feel like completing the whole walk, you can take a short cut by taking a ferry back to Millennium Square.
The National Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme was launched in May. This is aimed at those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes UK run Know Your Risk days when they take a large blue bus into city centres and run through a questionnaire that gives a score into how likely you are to develop Type 2 diabetes in the next ten years. They are always looking for volunteers to train as risk score assessors or to help on the bus. The day is fun and gives a sense of achievement as many people see a high risk score as a wake up call. If you are interested, you can ring Gemma Jackson in the Taunton office to find out more. Her email address is Gemma.Jackson@diabetes.org.uk and the phone number 01823 448260.
You can find out more about the Bristol Diabetes Support Network and our full programme on www.diabetesbristol.org.uk or by ringing 0117 930 9986. Our Facebook page is Diabetes Bristol Voluntary Groups.
Here are the results of a survey into flying with diabetes. Makes for interesting reading.
On line tweet chats take place each Wednesday at 9 pm.
For more details see: gbdoc.co.uk
The large majority of diabetics have the more common Type 2 diabetes, this is a condition where insulin production slowly declines &/or insulin resistance slowly increases. In Type 1 diabetes insulin production declines to nothing very quickly indeed.
Twenty years after diagnosis, below is a blog from a family coping with Type 1 diabetes. The Bristol support group do give our thanks to Mike, Jane, Beth and Ellen for sharing this.
Living with diabetes - every day ups and downs. A collection of thoughts, observations, comments and questions from a family sharing there thoughts on living with type 1 Diabetes in the UK.
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