Diabetes UK update – April 2021

Managing Diabetes During Ramadan

Ramadan takes place from 12 April to 12 May 2021 and the North of England team at Diabetes UK have been working with Haref in Newcastle to support their Ramadan prayer calendar project. Haref have developed Ramadan prayer calendars with 11 mosques in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Gateshead and 3 generic calendars available for download.  The calendars contain safe fasting information, tips on managing diabetes, information about COVID-19 vaccines and fasting, and managing glaucoma.  You can also view the Haref Ramadan calendars and additional information HERE

Our London colleagues’ hosted a webinar on ‘Diabetes and Ramadan’ with inspiring and informative talks from Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud, Imam at the East London Mosque, and Professor Tahseen Chowdhury, Consultant at the Royal London Hospital with a special interest in diabetes. Sheikh Mohammed discussed spiritual aspects of Ramadan and Prof Chowdhury outlined the practical mechanisms of fasting and potential impacts on people living with diabetes. You can watch the full webinar HERE

The Ramadan and Diabetes page on our website has more advice, and videos as well as factsheets in a variety of languages.

The British Islamic Medical Association have worked with The Muslim Council of Britain to produce some advice and position statements that you can find here to answer concerns  around having the COVID-19 vaccine during Ramadan.

Diabetes and Me Competition

Diabetes UK North of England Team are running a family competition with great prizes up for grabs. Please find a poster attached with details of how to take part.  There are family hampers kindly donated by Next for the each winner in the 4 categories. We were inspired by our wonderful family group, Type 1 families North Yorkshire and Cleveland, who ran a poster competition last year. Brothers Dexter and Luca created the winning poster and you can find the winning poster attached.

Diabetes UK online events

Online cooking demonstration: A healthy South Asian menu: Thursday 15th April 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Our Diabetes UK South East team are hosting an online cooking demonstration event. Diabetes UK Volunteer Parveen Khan will be demonstrating how you can cook a healthy 3 course South Asian meal that is perfect for people with diabetes. Diabetes Specialist Dietitian Sarah Alicea will also be on hand to provide tips and answer questions.

To register: Online Cooking Demonstration: A Healthy South Asian Menu Tickets, Thu 15 Apr 2021 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

Managing Sport, Exercise and Type 1, Q & A panel: Thursday 29th April, 7:00pm-8:30pm

We know sport, exercise, and type 1 can be difficult to navigate. There’s a lot to think about – from the amount of insulin you’ve got on board, to the kind of exercise you’re going to do, and what you last had to eat. Whether you have type 1 yourself, or you’re a parent/carer of a child living with type 1 – join us at our ‘Managing sport, exercise, and type 1’ Q&A panel session with our panel of experts who’ll help to answer your questions about taking part in sport and exercise. The panel will include an Associate Professor of Diabetes, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, a dietitian, and a former GB gymnast who lives with type 1. Find out more and sign up for free here: https://eu.eventscloud.com/esurvey/sport

Live Well Move More  – free Get Moving 10 week courses for anyone living with diabetes who is doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.  

Applications for our Get Moving 10 week courses, which start in mid-May, are now live. This phase of courses includes a fully chair-based course, and a ladies only course, with activities ranging from Tai chi to Boxercise and chair yoga. The courses are open to anyone living with diabetes who is doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.  The following marketing resources are attached and we would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about these courses to your networks and patients:

  • Get Moving Information Pack – this explains all our services and resources.
  • Online courses text message copy – this is the channel that is currently leading to the most sign-up for the online Get Moving programme.
  • Facebook copy – there are a few possible posts in this document covering all our services and resources.
  • Get Moving Online classes poster – An A4 poster promoting the Get Moving online classes
  • 3 Ways to Get Moving landscape poster – a landscape poster designed for use on electronic information boards in .pdf format
  • 3 Ways to Get Moving PowerPoint slide – also designed for use on electronic information boards in .ppt format

To get in touch with the Physical Activity Helpline Advisor or to book onto an online Get Moving course call: 0345 123 2399 Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or email: helpline@diabetes.org.uk

Diabetes Research

We have listed some upcoming opportunities below to get involved in diabetes research, including relevant contact details:

  • Join an advisory panel for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes

Researchers at Oxford would like to involve people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes to form an advisory panel and meet virtually twice a year to discuss the research priorities, design and results. They are developing an economic model to understand the long-term health outcomes of patients with prediabetes, and the corresponding costs of diabetes care. Please respond to researcher by 15 April.  Please contact James Altunkaya, Researcher in Health Economics, University of Oxford, james.altunkaya@ndph.ox.ac.uk

  • Feedback wanted from people living with type 1 diabetes

Researchers in Bristol are looking nationally for people with T1D to provide feedback on the survey questions and secondly for volunteers for a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) focus group to help with the study design. They are researching eating behaviour, habits and food-related experiences in people with T1D who do or have used carbohydrate counting to estimate meal-time insulin doses. If you’d like to be involved, please respond to researcher ASAP or by 9 April. Please contact Dr Elanor Hinton, Elanor.hinton@bristol.ac.uk if you would like to get involved.

  • Input needed from people living with type 2 diabetes who also have frailty

This research project is taking place in Newcastle and is for people with type 2 diabetes aged over 65 years, people who care for older people with type 2 diabetes and people who have a frailty diagnosis across all regions in England. The researcher would like the input from people who fit the above criteria on the design of a grant application initially, and then ongoing input throughout the grant, if successful. The research will be looking at the challenges of people living with diabetes and the impact frailty has on this. Please respond to researcher by 7 May. Please contact Helen O’Neil, Frailty and Diabetes specialist pharmacist, City Hospitals Sunderland, Helen.oneil1@nhs.net if you would like to get involved.

Ongoing advice and support

Please remember that anyone affected by diabetes can continue to access information and support through the following channels:

Diabetes UK’s regional Facebook Group  – Diabetes Chat: Your friend in the North: www.facebook.com/groups/193410685443622

Diabetes UK’s Helpline: Call: 0345 123 2399*, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or Email: helpline@diabetes.org.uk

*Calls to 0345 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and must be included in inclusive minutes on mobile phones and discount schemes. Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles to 0345 numbers are included in free call packages. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

Diabetes UK’s coronavirus advice web pages: www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus

Diabetes UK’s Learning Zone: www.diabetes.org.uk/learn

Many thanks for your continued support.  If you not wish to receive these updates please do let us know by return email. Also if there is any information or changes to your service delivery that you wish for us to share with our diabetes community please do let us know.