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Diabetes Care Programme Launched
Saturday 15 September 2012

A Diabetes Care programme was launched at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 15 September 2012. The programme organised by BAPS Charities in conjunction with the Royal Free Hospital of London incorporates multi-disciplinary clinics for diabetic patients with the aims of controlling diabetes, screening for complications, and providing information about medication and diet. 

Dr Vinod Patel, a consultant in Diabetes Care from the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire was invited to speak about the disease at the launch. His expertise and specialist area of research is the prevention of diabetes complications, upon which he has published widely. His team has also developed a strategy which has been taught across the UK and presented in 32 countries to significantly improve the quality of patients’ lives by preventing complications of diabetes and other health conditions. 

Dr Patel presented enlightening facts about diabetes to the audience including an insight into the cause of the condition. He also emphasised the prominence of diabetes in the South Asian population and highlighted the warning symptoms. Also on offer was advice for diabetics to reduce their risk of complications. 

Information leaflets were also available after the presentation outlining the key points that were delivered. 

Dr Devi Nair, a consultant lipidologist from the Royal Free Hospital and members of her team, Dr Anjly Jain and Mr Persaud, were also present. 

BAPS Diabetes Care clinics are due to start in January 2013, and are part of an on-going initiative to raise awareness about diabetes and help people with the condition. In 2008, BAPS promoted and raised funds for Diabetes UK through its Family Walk & Fun Run, while in recent years, BAPS Charities has organised regular health screening sessions at the Mandir in which people are screened for conditions such as diabetes and offered important lifestyle advice.