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Diabetes Team from George Eliot Hospital to take to the skies

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Diabetes skydiving
Photograph includes skydiving hopefuls Ilona Goljan, Amitha Gopinath, Dr Asha Dev, Jo Moore and Dr Rajiv Nair

Staff from George Eliot Hospital are taking to the skies to support Diabetes patients who live in the local community.

Diabetes team volunteers are going to take an exhilarating sky dive at the end of February in Northamptonshire to support their patients and to supportthe development of an Integrated Diabetes Education and Academic Research Centre (iDEA) that conducts research and education into the condition.

The brave diabetes team are hoping the weather stays fine for their dive at the Hinton Skydiving Centre (weather permitting) on the 26th February.

Diabetes research officer, Amitha Gopinath said: “We hope that everyone will support our team as we take our first dive and also support a great local initiative.”

Anyone interested in supporting the brave team who have volunteered to take the plunge can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/IDEA-fund

Further information

Diabetes affects 1 in 20 people in our local community. This is at least 10,000 people. Most families are affected by diabetes. We all know people with diabetes.

The aims of the Diabetes Team at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust are:

To  reduce the new cases of diabetes in our local community

To improve the care of patients with diabetes to reduce complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure

To further develop our research into diabetes

The Diabetes Team at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust have won several national awards for their work and are currently aiming to create a special centre for education and research called the iDEA Centre: integrated Diabetes Education and Academic Research Centre to further their ideas, research and to educate patients and their families.

Advice for Patients

Diabetes can lead to problems with the heart, eyes and kidneys. However, there is some very good news! All diabetes problems can be reduced by following this simple advice.

Diet: Maintaining a healthy diet and preventing or reducing overweight will help you control your diabetes. Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

Exercise: Regular exercise will help to maintain an optimum weight and will benefit all members of the family. Usually 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week is enough.

Smoking: It is widely accepted that smoking causes heart and lung disease. Most diabetes complications are made worse by smoking.

Weight Control: There is a greater risk of developing diabetes and heart disease with increasing waist size!

Alcohol: Alcohol lowers the blood sugar, so it is important not to drink on an empty stomach.

Driving: Plan your trip carefully, avoid hypos while driving, keep glucose in the car.

If you do have diabetes it is very important to keep to your advised diet and medication, keep review appointments and follow recommended advice from specialists. 

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