Study Participant’s feedback

In iHealth-T2D we value your opinion. We would like to know what you think about our family-based intervention and how we could improve our research work. Tell us what helped you the most achieving the goals set with your dietitian and what challenges did you face throughout the clinic visits.

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22 entries.
Sham Gill wrote on 22nd January 2019 at 3:08 pm
First of all thank you very much for inviting me to take part in this study. I very much enjoyed attending all the sessions. At the beginning I used to attend one to one sessions, then I started attending group sessions. I think group sessions are better than one to one sessions. In my case I was not taking it seriously when attending one to one sessions . It was only after I started attending group sessions that I started losing a lot of weight. I thought: "if he or she can lose weight, why cant I?".

As Ms Rai speaks most Asian languages, no body was embarrassed. She created a friendly atmosphere in the class. Another plus point is the flexibility , if you are unable to attend a particular session ,you can always change it.

We were made aware of the importance of weight loss and how it can be achieved ( exercise and healthier food ). She made us aware of label checking and contents of calories ,sugar contents, food we should avoid and food which is good for us. We were also encouraged to set goals.

Once again thank you very much for helping me losing weight.

I have a suggestion, don't forget us once the study is finished. We should be called back once or twice to see how we are doing, otherwise we can lose focus and fall into old habits.

Kind Regards,
Sham Gill
H. Saran wrote on 18th January 2019 at 5:50 pm
Thank you for improving my life. I am a more positive person, I am no longer depressed and my mood has improved.

I am also more aware of health issues, diet lifestyle and have joined a gym, with three to four visits a week. I am also walking more every day.

The health study has improved my lifestyle and I wish to thank everyone who help me during the study.
Surjit S Parmar wrote on 23rd December 2018 at 5:14 pm
Dear Ms Rai
Now that I have received copy of my final blood test report after completion of participation in the study, I am in a position to communicate my feedback.

It was my privilege to be a part of iHealh-T2D program. Initially there were some difficulties in appointments. After first appointment on 18/07/2017, few appointments were cancelled by telephone. It took a bit of correspondence to obtain
next appointment on 17/11/2017 where after appointments were regular and well planned.

Abundant information about various foods was provided during the sessions and I was able to make healthier choices.
Examples of energy used during various activities and exercises were definitely useful. As a result I have lost 10% of my body weight during the participation period, which was the target set during visit 1. In addition, I achieved 10 cm reduction in my waste size.

Blood tests indicate HbA1c remained constant during the period while total Cholesterol level has reduced to 3.7 from 4.1.

CHWs and other staff involved in the program were polite and professional. I thank them all for their dedication.

Understand presently T2D study targets only South Asians. In my opinion it should be extended to other groups as well.

Separate intervention programs in future should target prevention of other common health issues such as prostrate problems, ovarian cancer and high blood pressure.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2019

Surjit S Parmar
Syed Naqvi wrote on 11th December 2018 at 12:09 pm
I am writing on behalf of my uncle Syed Naqvi about iHealth-T2D study in which he took part. It was very helpful, he reduced up to 3kg and adopted his lifestyle as per the dietician's guide. He is following the diet as he was told and he has been going for walks everyday. The program is really amazing, it helped him so much to stay healthy.
Indra Mehta wrote on 10th December 2018 at 9:16 am
It’s been very good to attend this research and may I say it has enlightened me regarding diabetes. Both Baldeesh Rai, senior researcher, and Lalli Gill have been very helpful and patient. I would recommend this program to anyone and especially the two above mentioned people. Thank you once again to Baldeesh and Lalli.
Aniliam Singh wrote on 27th November 2018 at 12:18 pm
Dear Baldeesh
I have enjoyed the ihealth programme a lot.The group sessions were great.It would be good to have catch up sessions in the future to get a chance to know other other people s email address and to work together.
Many thanks again
Aniliam Singh
Mr Thakorbhai Maisuria wrote on 22nd November 2018 at 1:29 pm
Dear Baldeesh and staff
I am very happy with the programme of diabetic prevention as it has helped me reach my recommended target weight under the support and confidence you have provided.

I would like to thank the entire team at different stages who have helped me along the programme .

Kind regards

T Maisuria
Alnasir Chatur J.P wrote on 7th November 2018 at 1:35 pm
Dear Baldeesh Rai

Thank you for helping me to make an amazing difference to my lifestyle and my health.

Your enthusiasm, committment and caring attitude coupled with the booklets that we received in each session has enabled to me to become aware of the things I had to change for my future health and wellbeing.

I have joined a gym which I now attend three days a week (my biggest change); I have reduced my portions and alcohol (my second biggest change) and whilst my progress has been slow it has been sure and this I assure you will continue.

The overall experience has been most rewarding and I cannot thank enough who are involved in this study and a very special and sincere thank you to you for all your help and support. it has been greatly appreciated.

I shall always pray for your good health and wellbeing.

Best Wishes
Alnasir Chatur J.P.,
ALIA(DIP), FLIA, FPS,Cert. Life Coaching
Harjeet Lotey wrote on 10th October 2018 at 8:23 pm
Baldeesh Rai - Senior Research Dietitian - Ealing Hospital

I just wanted to send this email to thank you so much for having me on the research programme to look at my health in the future. Had I not been on this research I truly believe that I would definitely not be where I am today. I had been struggling with my weight all my life and this project gave me the support and encouragement to take control of my future and my eating habits. In no way the programme told me to stop eating, but how to eat good nutritious food and opened up my world to look at labels and what they meant. It also taught me about portion sizes. Basic common sense coupled with exercises you might say but by attending this since October I am now more aware of what I am eating and learning to say no without offending anyone.

Coupled with all the above it was helpful to meet up and receive phone calls from the dedicated staff about how was I doing which I found to be supportive and on track. Each visit had a purpose and meaningful advice. I enjoyed the 1:1 as well as the group meetings. I was a little apprehensive on my initial app but found it be excellent as we could share ideas and difficulties in our lifestyles.

I am a little sad now that this is coming to an end but excited for the future results.

Please keep up the good work and I wish you every success in the future trials. I do believe this research would benefit massively in other parts of the UK.

Kind regards

Harjeet Lotey
Harjot Kaur Kang wrote on 2nd October 2018 at 1:41 pm
My father Teja Singh Kang was under the ihealth programme.He found it v beneficial and the support throughout was great.
Hope you carry on supporting other people with risks of diabetes.
Kind Regards
Harj Kang

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