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Lowdown on life with T1 diabetes

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

We had a packed House of Fun show last week with Karin Ridgers presenting a special show focusing on Type 1 Diabetes, in conjunction with World Diabetes Day which takes place on 14 November each year.

Type 1 Diabetes (T1) is a condition that impacts 29,000 children in the UK and is believed to be a result of genetic and environmental factors, unlike Type 2 Diabetes which is mostly caused by diet and lifestyle.

Karin’s show was packed with experts, kids and parents living and breathing the constant juggle of T1 and offered advice on how to spot symptoms and how to manage the condition.

Guests included comedian Ed Gamble, leading Paediatrics Consultant Dr Birgit Van Meijgaarden from Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, T1 blogger Hannah Edwards, editor of Desang Magazine Sue Marshall, Karen Forde, Clair Louise, Anita Breathwick and also Sheridan, Eloise and Callum, three local children who shared their experiences with our listeners.

It was an extremely valuable show for those wanting to learn more about the condition. You can hear it again by visiting

** Guests coming up in the next week include Yvonne Knydt from the Rotary Club of Billericay who will be talking about the Billericay Christmas Market, and Phil Ruck, Chief Executive of Brentwood Borough Council who will be talking to Mike Jones on One 2 Three.

** Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, will also be talking to Patrick Sherring about his two new books – “Striking Out” and “The Sleepy Shepherd” – on Friday Night Extra.

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