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Live diabetes web-chat Q&A on World Diabetes Day: Ask the experts

The diabetes web-chat took place on Friday 14 November. You can read the questions and answers from this event below:

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Local people will have the chance to take part in a live web-chat as part of World Diabetes Day on Friday 14 November and pose questions to a team of NHS experts on all matters relating to diabetes.  

Specialist diabetes experts from Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions about diabetes - such as how people can reduce their risk of developing the condition, how to confidently self-manage their diabetes more effectively, or find out about the services and local support for people with diabetes that’s available across the communities of Hounslow and Richmond. 

Where and when?

The online Q&A will be the first time a diabetes web-chat has taken place in the local area and will take place on Friday 14 November, between 2pm-3pm (for one hour).

**The web-chat will be hosted and appear on this page on Friday 14 November**

Answering your questions, the web-chat panel will comprise Helen Church, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse; Nina Garrett, Diabetes Specialist Nurse; and Rupindar Sahota, Specialist Diabetes Dietitian.

Helen Church, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse said: “Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes – this is an ideal opportunity to ask questions to our team of experts and get answers quickly. We are here to support you and give you the confidence to self-manage your diabetes effectively, reducing the risks of long term complications.

“We can offer advice on how best to manage your diabetes and signpost you to other support services and introduce you to innovative ways of managing your diabetes, both in Richmond and Hounslow – including education sessions and NHS support, or just answer your questions about day to day management.”

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In 2010, there were approximately 3.1 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in England. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million, with 90% of those affected having Type 2 diabetes.

Healthy lifestyle services helping you manage your diabetes

Having a healthy lifestyle is key to good diabetes management. The following healthy and wellbeing services we provide support local people living with diabetes:

Find out more about our health and wellbeing services in the boroughs of Hounslow, Richmond and Ealing at:

The charity Diabetes UK estimates that around 850,000 people in England have diabetes but haven't been diagnosed.

Find out more about local NHS diabetes services

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust runs a variety of diabetes services across both boroughs which help people manage their diabetes more effectively, find out more at www.hrch.nhs.uk/diabetes-hounslow or www.hrch.nhs.uk/diabetes-richmond