Diabetes and oral health

Portrait of Dr Joan St John, host of Diabetes Health Matters


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When was the last time you and your dentist spoke about diabetes? Whether you are aware of the links between oral health and diabetes, or are new to the topic, Dr Joan St John offers a refresher and breaks it down for you with an expert, in her inimitable style.

In this episode of Diabetes Health Matters, Dr Joan St John will discuss oral health, the gateway to our body and health, with Dr Sara Kasasa, dental surgeon and peer-reviewed research author. 

Previous episodes

Diabetes and dementia

With Prof. Samuel Seidu and Grace Vanterpool MBE

Diabetes and pregnancy

With Dr Moji Akinsola, Consultant Physician

Diabetes: why foot health matters

With Dr Chris Manu, Co-Lead for Diabetes Foot Services

Diabetes and eye care: prevention matters

With Ms Evelyn Mensah, Consultant Eye Surgeon

Diabetes and erectile dysfunction

With Prof. Francis Chinegwundoh MBE, Consultant Urologist

How can I keep a healthy mind with diabetes?

With Dr Peter Phiri, RNMH

Thriving with diabetes during the festive season

With Charles Odiase, Consultant Pharmacist, Adamma Okwu RN, Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Ellouise Simpson RD, Specialist Diabetes Dietitian

I am Black. How can I avoid Type 2 diabetes?

With Shola Oladipo RD, CEO and Founder, Food for Purpose

I am Black. I have Type 2 diabetes. Is it permanent?

With Douglas Twenefour RD, Deputy Head of Care, Diabetes UK

Black. Diagnosed with diabetes. What next?

With Grace Vanterpool MBE, Consultant Diabetes Nurse

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Eli Lilly and Company has provided sponsorship to Diabetes Africa to support the costs of running ‘Diabetes Health Matters’ . Eli Lilly and Company has not had any input into the programme content for this event series or selection of speakers.

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Diabetes Africa events offer high-value content for specialists and a wider audience interested in diabetes care, at a time when face-to-face interactions are more difficult. Our events bring together healthcare professionals, business executives, national and international decision-makers and experts, to discuss innovation and good practices. Our events help address healthcare challenges where it matters most.

In 2020, our events covered topics such as: the impact of COVID-19 on routine diabetes care, telemedicine, podiatry, data gathering and community support. Subjects are inspired by the activities in Diabetes Africa’s chambers and faculties and reviewed on a regular basis, with input from members and partners.

Supported by Novo Nordisk, we hosted a series of events in June 2021 to explore and discuss clinical practice and research on diabetes and people of African and Caribbean origin. Organised in partnership with our UK Expert Network.

The discussion session is interactive and includes regular polls and Q&A, which give participants an opportunity to share their own experience. 

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Connecting people and sharing knowledge to improve diabetes care.