Craigieburn residents diagnosed with diabetes are being encouraged to attend a forum on living well next month.

The Diabetes Victoria event aims to connect people living with diabetes with health professions and other people who understand what it is like to live with diabetes.

The event will include two seminars tailored to people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes which will cover management, emotional health, research, exercise and nutrition.

Diabetes Victoria data estimates there are 14,000 Hume residents living with diabetes, 89 per cent of which have type 2 diabetes.

Craigieburn and District Diabetes Support Group member Judy Berry will be speaking at the type 2 session about the support available locally.

Ms Berry has been living with type 2 diabetes for 20 years and has been a member of the support group since it began about five years ago.

“The support group lets you know that you are not doing things by yourself and you are not alone,” she said.

“It’s good to meet up with other like-minded people so you can get support from other people or be support for other people.”

Ms Berry said the group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Craigieburn Bowling Club and had regular guest speakers including health professionals.

Living Well with Diabetes will be held on October 26 at the Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn from 8.30am-2pm. Entry is free for Diabetes Victoria members and $20 for non-members and guests.