Posted: 9 March, 2020

Medical Society Talk -The Future of Diabetes Research

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On 6 March, Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of research at Diabetes UK and formerly Director of Research for Breast Cancer Now, visited Putney to talk to our Medical Society about her own career in Science and the future of diabetes research.

Dr Robertson explained the differences between type 1 (hereditary) and type 2 (relating to other health factors) diabetes. She also showed a range of stats displaying that 4.8 million people in the UK are currently diagnosed with diabetes with one out of six people in a hospital bed will more than likely also be diagnosed with diabetes.

After the facts, Dr Robertson discussed the different medications available and how lifestyle changes can help reduce the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. An MRI scan of a pancreas showing the effects before and after weight loss was displayed to proof how losing weight can have benefits for people who suffer with type 2 diabetes.

Dr Robertson also stated that we must never instantly make the connection that being overweight means a person must have diabetes as this is simply not always true and can be an inaccurate accusation.

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