Ideas on how to manage your diabetes

Alongside general guidance to reduce the risk of Covid-19, people with diabetes have been advised to aim for tighter glucose control where appropriate and feasible.

Routine care of diabetes has been affected and stress levels and disruptions to diet and physical activity may also contribute to worsening control.

People with diabetes both newly diagnosed or those who have been living with diabetes may find that education in how to manage the condition is beneficial.  There are courses available for people with diabetes in Surrey Heartlands with information on the course and how to register https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/your-health/long-term-conditions/diabetes

Type 1 
Face to face courses have been temporarily suspended. However CEDRIC, the course for people with Type One Diabetes will recommence with fewer participants to allow for social distancing from the end of September 2020.  You will need to ask your healthcare professional at the hospital for a referral.

People living with Type 1 diabetes can also access the following technology:

· Digibete: Children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and their families will be able to use the DigiBete App and website for a wide range of awareness, education, training and support resources. https://www.digibete.org/digibete-app/

· MyType1Diabetes: Adults with Type 1 diabetes can access the service directly by visiting myType1diabetes.nhs.uk, it includes videos and eLearning courses, to help people understand more about their Type 1 diabetes and increase their confidence in how to manage it                            

Type 2
People with Type 2 diabetes can register to attend a DESMOND course and will be offered the online version ‘MyDESMOND’ or can choose to join a waiting list until face to face courses recommence.  You will need to ask your GP to refer you.  

People at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can now self-refer onto the Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and either complete an online course or join a waiting list for a face to face course, the referral form can be found here: https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/self-referral/

The Diabetes UK Learning Zone provides free videos, quizzes and interactive tools tailored for you based on a few questions about your diabetes and can be found here https://learningzone.diabetes.org.uk/?_ga=2.39125287.502191488.1599740070-1704903816.1589808657.