With diabetes rates on the Island having shot up in recent years, the Diabetes Group IOW has invited Dr Lorena Arnez, Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at St. Mary’s Isle of Wight hospital, as guest speaker at its forthcoming event in Newport on February 13th.

The event will give people the opportunity to learn more about a low-carbohydrate diet and the impact it can have on people with diabetes, in particular type 2 diabetes. Attendees will be able to find out more about a low-carb diet, and how it can be effective in managing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is mainly caused by the modern way of eating, which often involves excess carbohydrates being consumed over a number of years, so diet is an important way to help those with diabetes and give them a better quality of life.  In some cases, managing the disease with diet can even lead to reducing medication – or withdrawing it completely. Plus, NICE guidelines now support a low-carbohydrate diet as an effective way to manage type 2 diabetes.

Dr Arnez will share her expert knowledge, including information about what you can eat on a low-carbohydrate diet, and covering areas such as vegetables, fruits, proteins, fats, cheese, alcohol and sweeteners.

Ian Bast, Chairman of Diabetes Group IOW said: “Many residents have approached us wanting more information about how a low-carbohydrate diet works, so we are delighted to be hosting Dr  Arnez, who will be sharing her expert knowledge and helpful information about a low-carbohydrate diet with a focus on its powerful impact on type 2 diabetes.

“With the significant rise in type 2 diabetes on the Island from 3.5K to 9.5K in the past few years, I would urge anyone interested in finding out more about this important subject to come along to this event.”

The free-to-attend event is open to everybody and takes place at The Riverside Centre, Newport Quay from 6pm – 8pm. To book a place for the event, email info@diabetesiow.org.uk

The talk will be followed by the group’s annual general meeting, for which everyone is invited to stay and network with other visitors and members of Diabetes Group IOW.