New dates for diabetes courses

Posted on November 12, 2018 by AireAdmin

To coincide with World Diabetes Day (Weds 14 Nov) Airedale hospital have announced new dates for their ‘Diabetes Made Easy’ courses, following the popularity of the sessions launched earlier this year. New dates are available from November at venues throughout Keighley, Skipton, Ilkley and surrounding areas, for people with type 2 diabetes.

They are also offering special courses for members of the South Asian community with type 2 diabetes who would like to know more about their condition.  These additional courses will be two hours long, with language support in Urdu/Punjabi

A short video is now available to watch which shows what the courses involve. Find it on YouTube here:

The diabetes team at Airedale have recruited two language support workers Yasmin Maskin and Shamim Akhtar to help design, deliver and run the South Asian courses. There will be separate sessions for men and for women.

All resources have been adapted for the South Asian community with appropriate food models and concepts made understandable for this community.

Jane Brophy, lead diabetes specialist dietitian for structured education says “Patients only need to come along to one session to gain a broad understanding of what diabetes is and the best ways to manage it. We will be signposting those who wish to know more to the full South Asian X-PERT course that is 4 weeks long.”

Yasmin Maskin, language support worker, says “We have adapted the Diabetes Made Easy for people from the South Asian community. The pilot session at the Highfield Centre was really successful, and participants went away having learnt something new about the condition.”

Shamim Akhtar, language support worker, says “They are one-off sessions and take place in community locations including Roshni Ghar and North Street Surgery in Keighley. Diabetes education is extremely important for anyone with diabetes, as understanding the condition is the key to managing it.”

People with type 2 diabetes can book a place on a course by calling 01535 294290 or emailing Local GP surgeries can also refer patients. Information can be found on the Trust website here:

The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is ‘the family and diabetes’ – as diabetes affects the whole family, who all can help with the management, care and prevention.  One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed and early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications.  Type 2 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where the insulin your pancreas makes can’t work properly, or your pancreas can’t make enough insulin.  A common symptom of Type 2 diabetes is feeling very tired. Other symptoms include needing to wee a lot, feeling extremely thirsty, cuts and grazes healing slowly, and getting infections like thrush.  A lot of people don’t get any symptoms or they don’t notice them. Some people don’t think the symptoms are important so don’t ask for help. This means that some people live with Type 2 diabetes for up to 10 years before being diagnosed.

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