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A free educational workshop providing expert advice for people recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is being held next week.

The Living with Diabetes Day has been organised by Diabetes UK and will take place at Kings House in Ampthill Road on Thursday, May 21.

Specialists will talk about the practical elements such as diet, exercise, medication, travel and driving.

Diabetes UK chief executive Barbara Young said: “There are around 23,000 people living with Type 2 diabetes in Bedfordshire and we know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect.

“There’s a lot of information to take in – particularly at the time of diagnosis – so this event is a great way to get detailed advice in an easy-to-digest way, as well as being an opportunity to meet other people with Type 2 diabetes.

“We hope that the Day will give people the confidence they need to live well with the condition.”

Similar events are being held at 80 locations across the UK and it’s expected that more than 10,000 people will attend them over the next two years.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious, lifelong illness which can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin.

Helathcare professionals will provide information on local healthcare and the services available in the area.

They will also advise on avoiding associated health complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, amputation and blindness through good management of the condition.

> There are a limited number of places available. Book online at www.diabetes.org.uk/lwdd or call freephone 0345 123 2399.