With Dr Joan St John

GP with Special Interest in Diabetes

I am Black. With diabetes. How can I keep a healthy mind?

For people living with diabetes, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly taxing, as additional pressures have accumulated on top of an already challenging mental workload. 

In this episode, Dr Joan St Joan and her guests will explore issues related to mental health for people of African and Caribbean origin living with diabetes. They will talk about warning signs, and proactive steps that can be taken to live well in body and mind.

Thursday 27 January at 19:00 BST (London)
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Thriving with diabetes during the festive season

In this episode, Dr Joan St Joan and her guests are helping people living with diabetes and those who care for them navigate the festive season. Yes it is possible to thrive with diabetes during this time of the year and start the New Year energised. We will cover food, alcohol, mindset, travel and many other topics that are important to you.

Black. Diagnosed with diabetes. What next?

Being diagnosed with diabetes can feel daunting. Experts and people living with diabetes talk about the first steps after being diagnosed with diabetes. With Grace Vanterpool, MBE, Consultant Diabetes Nurse. 

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

Pre-diabetes doesn’t have to lead to diabetes. In this episode, Dr. Joan St John explores the what, when, how and where of avoiding Type 2 diabetes. With Shola Oladipo,  Founder of Food for Purpose. 

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

Under what conditions is Type 2 diabetes remission possible? Douglas Twenefour, dietitian and Deputy Head of Care at Diabetes UK walks us through the latest scientific evidence and the impact of diet(s) on diabetes.

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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.