Diabetes and
your heart

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


18:30 GMT (UK)*

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Heart disease is a common condition that affects people with diabetes, but what do we know exactly about it? How can we keep a healthy heart and how can we live healthy while managing a heart condition and diabetes?

Dr Joan St John speaks with her special guest Dr Henry Oluwasefunmi Savage, Consultant Cardiologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University.

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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.