Course for type one diabetics is coming to town

Courses for type one diabetics will be offered in Eastbourne SUS-150209-123825001
Courses for type one diabetics will be offered in Eastbourne SUS-150209-123825001

A course to help people adjust to living with type one diabetes is coming to Eastbourne.

The course called SADIE, stands for Skills for Adjusting Diet and Insulin in East Sussex, is run by East Sussex Healthcare Trust’s diabetes team.

The administration costs for the courses have been covered by a donation of £2,462 from St Leonard’s-on-Sea based company Marshall-Tufflex.

The course runs for five days over a five week period.

SADIE offers participants an opportunity to gain knowledge and learn skills to confidently self-manage their diabetes with no food limitations or restrictions on their daily activities.

There are four courses a year – two in Eastbourne and two in Bexhill. Each course able to accommodate a maximum of ten people.

Nikki Winter, diabetes specialist nurse, said, “We are most grateful to Marshall-Tufflex for their support. Evidence from data collected from those who have participated in SADIE, shows a reduction in their long term blood glucose levels, an improvement in quality of life and stability in weight.

“It is the tenth year since we started SADIE and over 300 people with Type 1 across East Sussex diabetes have benefited.”

Kevin Page, chairman Marshall-Tufflex Ltd which is sponsoring the course, added, “The SADIE educational programme is an amazing scheme arming diabetics with the information and skills to adjust to life with diabetes.

“As a local business Marshall-Tufflex are very proud to be able to support such an excellent programme and support our local community.”

Places for the SADIE course are limited due to its popularity.

Ask your GP or contact the hospital diabetes team for more information.

There are two types of diabetes.

The majority, approximately 90 per cent, of people with the condition have type two diabetes which is initially treated with a healthy diet and regular physical activity but medication and/or insulin is often required.

The other ten per cent of people with the condition have type one, which develops when the insulin-producing cells have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin. Usually, it appears before the age of 40, especially in childhood, and it is always treated with insulin, a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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