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    Type 1
    These links provide useful information, particularly to those newly-diagnosed:
    Browse the Recommended Books and Links sections for further information :)

    Some commonly used acronyms and abbreviations:

    Type 1:

    Adrienne's essential guide for parents of newly-diagnosed children

    www.t1resources.uk, which brings together a load of T1 resources together with reviews and peer ratings.

    Type 1 – the basics, a support and information pack for adults with a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes from JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation):

    ...and also for children:

    Type 1 Diabetes in Children Adolescents and Young People by Ragnar Hanas - considered to be the 'bible' for children and young people on insulin regimes. Don't be misled by the title - this book is relevant to people of all ages!

    Children with Diabetes website - a very supportive and active site with an email list for exchange of support, information and advice:

    Type 1 Sick Day Rules

    Diabetes Power, a website raising awareness of Type 1, run by the parent of a Type 1 child


    Pierre Pancreas - an animated website explaining how to manage your diabetes. *Kids may like this one.http://www.thinklikeapancreas.com/pierrepancreas.swf

    The Diabetes Duo: Captain Glucose & Meter Boy (cartoons for children)

    Carb counting (for basal bolus and pump insulin regimes):
    Online carb-counting course:
    www.bertieonline.org.uk (which replaces BDEC)

    Free downloadable guide to carb counting from Diabetes UK:
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk//upload/How we help/catalogue/Carbs-Count-2012.pdf

    Basal testing:

    A very popular book (also available as an App, I believe) Carbs & Cals: A Visual Guide to Carbohydrate & Calorie Counting for People with Diabetes

    or the new version which also includes proteins and fats: Carbs & Cals & Protein & Fat: A Visual Guide to Carbohydrate, Protein, Fat & Calorie Counting for Healthy Eating

    A lot of people find it easier in the beginning if they weigh food so they can be more accurate with their carb counting - this is a good set of scales recommended by members:

    Salter 1406 Nutri Weigh Slim Dietary Computer Scale

    Circle D - social group for 18-30 young people with diabetes:



    JDRF - pumps for children:

    Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump by John Walsh

    INPUT - organisation supporting those wishing to gain access to insulin pumps in the UK:


    Gary Scheiner's guide to pump basals:



    Type 2:

    A good place to start is by reading Maggie Davey's letter

    Test,Review, Adjust by Alan S

    Also, because if you have to self-fund you want to make those test strips count:

    Testing on a budget

    A highly recommended book: Type 2 Diabetes: The First Year by Gretchen Becker

    Diabetes UK online training course for people new to Type 2 diabetes:

    Type 2 Diabetes and Me

    Diabetes UK Advocacy pack for those finding it difficult to get test strips prescribed:


    For those wishing to test, but not able to get strips prescribed, the following are the cheapest option we have come across:

    SD Codefree Meter which has test strips at around £8 for 50.

    Type 2 Sick Day Rules



    What you should expect from the NHS in terms of support

    My Diabetes, My Way - your diabetes records (for Scottish patients only)

    A series of informational videos about all aspects of diabetes:

    Blood fat targets (cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides)


    Blood Pressure Monitor - useful for testing your day-to-day Blood Pressure, especially if you have a tendency to show high results at the doctor's (also known as 'white coat syndrome!):

    Omron MX2 Digital Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

    Painless Pricks, by Alan S

    GL (Glycaemic Load) diet. You can have a healthy, varied diet, it just takes planning and a bit of compromise here and there. Nothing is forbidden, but common sense needs to be applied for 'treats'!

    Free book of tips from Diabetes UK 100 things I wish I'd known about diabetes

    The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook is very useful for explaining how to deal with various types of exercise and explains the physical processes very well.

    The GL Diet for Dummies is a very good introduction to the 'Glycaemic Load' approach to selecting and combining foods so that they have a slow, steady impact on blood glucose levels.

    A good low-carb recipe book, highly recommended by many of our members:
    Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet

    Travel information: http://www.diabetestravel.org/

    Diabetes Etiquette card:

    Dawn Phenomenon

    An excellent book about the gut, and its influence on our diet and health:
    'Gut' by Giulia Enders
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