Diabetes Week: NHS and Hounslow Council host a forum for residents with the condition

Dozens of Hounslow residents joined the NHS and Hounslow Council at Hounslow Arts Centre yesterday (Wednesday 15 June) to speak about living with diabetes and how to manage the condition.

Published: Thursday, 16th June 2022

Image of Cllr Chaudhary at an engagement event for Diabetes Week.

Led by the NHS, Hounslow Council joined community groups and residents for an informal discussion with residents on how to live with and manage their diabetes.

A number of health representatives were on hand to offer top tips on healthy eating, keeping active and wellbeing initiatives. A short talk on how healthy eating can prevent Type 2 diabetes was also hosted by Primary Care Network dieticians.

These representatives included NHS dieticians, the Hounslow Health Outreach Team, charities, sports and leisure organisations and local residents offering a patients’ perspective.

Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Integration at Hounslow Council, said: “Knowing more about diabetes can have a big impact on your health and the choices you make, so we feel it’s important to support anyone affected by diabetes in our borough to learn how to manage, live with or prevent this condition by making positive diet and lifestyle choices.”

Type 2 Diabetes affects more than 7% of Hounslow’s population, the highest prevalence of the condition in North West London.  Diabetes impacts male residents aged 65 – 80 years old of Caribbean or Bangladeshi ethnicity the most. There are 186,000 people at risk of type 2 diabetes in North West London and over 29,000 of those people are Hounslow residents.

Dr. Raquel Delgado, from NHS North West London CCG, said:

“We all know someone who could benefit from this kind of advice. Please spread the word that there is lots of information and support available to help people to manage their condition.”

For more information visit www.knowdiabetes.org.uk or email publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk

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