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Guide to Diabetes

Sharing Responsibility for your Diabetes

(30 March 2015)


  • We can all work together to help you get the most out of life
  • This involves commitment on both sides - you and us
  • We will agree a treatment plan and self - care goals with you
  • We will teach you all you need to know about living with diabetes
  • We will keep a regular check on your health - you must attend your appointments
  • You must take responsibility for your diabetes on a day-to day basis
  • You should participate in agreeing your self care goals and treatment pan and take the recommendations made seriously


Managing your diabetes is a partnership between you
and your diabetes team

Your healthcare professional/ nurse/ doctor will provide the following:

A treatment plan and self care goals including:

  • A treatment plan suited to you covering healthy eating and living
  • Advise on on how and when to take your tablets/ insulin and adusting your does according to your blood glucose targets
  • Agreed individual targets for blood glucose control, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight

Ongiong Education- for you and your family covering:
  • Access to structured education such as DESMOND - type 2 Diabetes or DAFNE or  Foundation Education for Type 1 Diabetes
  • How to recognise the signs of low and high blood glucose levels and ketoacidosis and how to manage them
  • The possible long term complications of diabetes and thier prevention and treatment
  • The Lifestyle cahnges that you may now face, sucjha s employment, insurance and holidays. - See section living with diabetes

Details of your Local Diabetes Services and Support groups - also available on this site
Regular Checks on your Health
  • We will check your medications, weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, and vision , as well as watching out for any emerging complications or developing problems with your kidneys feet and diet. - Annual Review.

Regular checks on your monitoring
  • We will review your self- monitoring tecehnique , results and equipment

Your Role and Responsibilities

You should be commited to:

Taking your treatment plan seriously

  • You should be in control of your diabetes on a day - to day basis
  • This includes monitoring your blood glucose levels regularly (if advised)
  • Being open about your concerns and worries with your care team 
  • Make a list to discuss next time you see them.
  • Letting  those around you know that ou have diabetes, this includes your friends and employer
  • Learning as mucha as you can about diabetes- use this website to stay informed
  • Making the best of your condition startts with Understanding Diabetes
  • Following a healthy lifestyle , in line with your treatment plan. This includes helathy eating, controlling your weight, taking regular exercise, not smoking , examining your feet regularly, drinking in moderation and not taking illegal substances.
  •  Keeping all your appointments with your care team

Tackling our diabetes together

  • Knowing what to expect from your care team and knowing how best to manage your own diabetes, makes a big difference to your quality of life.
  • Take reponsibility for the day to day  of living with diabetes.
  • if you have any concerns or questions contact the diabetes sepcialsit nures for a chat.