Local Diabetes Patients Lead the Way in Research
Volunteers from the local area are taking part in five high profile international studies to research diabetes and cardio vascular disease at the George Eliot Hospital. The interim findings were presented by the Diabetes Team at a thank you lunch at the Hospital this week to over 30 of the volunteers. It also highlighted how well George Eliot Hospital has consistently outperformed other centres in the country.
Volunteers welcomed the opportunity to see the interim findings which gave them a better understanding of their health conditions, how to control their condition, a greater understanding of the research process and the wider implications of the studies.
Kath Kelly, the Acting Chief Executive of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust opened the event, which provided patients with an opportunity to see how the studies were developing, and to ask any questions about their research studies.
Diabetes Consultant, Dr Saravanan said “The number of volunteers from Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire is fantastic and we wanted to thank everyone who has willingly given up their own time to participate in our work.
“The work of our volunteers is giving us a greater understanding of how we can help treat current as well as future diabetic patients.
“We are proud in providing individualised care for our patients to help reduce diabetes, related complications such as future heart attacks and strokes. We want to be a leader in this area of research to support our communities across Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire.
“We would also like to remind people to eat healthily, exercise and stop smoking to help combat Diabetes and Cardio vascular related illnesses as early as possible.”
For anyone who would like to be a volunteer in a Diabetes study please contact the Clinical Trial Coordinator on 02476 153592.
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.