November Newsletter

Upcoming Events in Swindon

The Southwest Office have organised a “Living well with Diabetes” Day to be held at the Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus Swindon from 10:00 to 16:30 on Tuesday 13th November. Exert advice will be available from podiatrists, dietitians and specialist nurses on how to care properly for feet, improve diet and maintain overall health and well-being. The event is free, with lunch and refreshments provided: places must be booked at https://eu.eventscloud.com/feetfirst-swindon.

There is also an event to mark World Diabetes Day on Wednesday 14th November at the Brunel Centre organised by the Moccia family: this will include an awareness stall with diabetes literature, as well as use of a shopping unit for more private conversations with healthcare professionals from the Great Western Hospital who are joining the event.

Treating Gum Disease may help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

A study funded by Diabetes UK has found that treating gum disease could help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, and may reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications. Gum disease (periodontitis) affects somewhere between 50 to 90% of the population and people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing it. It sets in when levels of bacteria inside the mouth are out of balance and causes inflammation inside the body: this has been linked to insulin resistance – a key feature of Type 2 diabetes. A team at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute found that after 12 months a group that had received intensive treatment, which involved deep cleaning their gums and minor gum surgery had reduced their blood glucose levels (HbA1c) by on average 0.6% more than a “standard care” group. The researchers also found that intensive gum disease treatment was linked to improvements in kidney and blood vessel function. While more work is needed to explore this connection, this suggests that looking after oral health may reduce the risk of other diabetes-related complications in people with Type 2 diabetes. More details of the research finding can be found in the News section of the Diabetes UK website at https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/treating-gum-disease.