Three doctors will each attend one of the monthly meetings arranged by the Diabetes UK Swindon Voluntary Group between September and November.
The voluntary group, which provides support, advice and education to the 11,000 people affected by diabetes in Swindon, has just unveiled the meetings as part of their autumn programme.
All three talks by the doctors from Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust focus on major health complications connected with diabetes, and how people with the condition can reduce their risk of developing them.
The first, on September 3, will focus on kidney disease with Beas Bhattacharya, a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology.
The doctor will discuss the serious complication, and how people with diabetes can minimise their risk.
On October 1, Vladimir Vaks, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology, will discuss the impact of reduced testosterone in men with Type 2 diabetes.
Testosterone deficiency can lead to sexual problems, tiredness and further weight gain.
While on November 5, consultant podiatric surgeon Matthew Cichero will discuss footcare.
This is an important issue as over 100 amputations are carried out every week on people with diabetes because of complications connected with their condition. Up to 80 per cent of these are preventable.
Stephen MacMahon, Swindon Diabetes UK Service Champion and member of the voluntary group, said: “Ensuring that people with diabetes in Swindon get all the education and advice they need to manage their condition and stay well is a really important part of our voluntary group’s mission. That is why we are delighted that these three doctors are all going to be attending meetings to share their expertise on these potentially serious health complications. We are always open to new members and would encourage anyone affected by diabetes, their relatives and friends, to attend.”
All the meetings take place at the Broadgreen Centre in Salisbury Street, Swindon, SN1 2AN. They start at 7.30pm.
To find out more contact the Diabetes UK South West office on 01823 448260 or email email@example.com.