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Useful links for people new to diabetes

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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.

https://mytype1diabetes.nhs.uk/ Information and online courses from NHS England

Type 1 Sick Day Rules

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!

Think Like a Pancreas’ by Gary Scheiner - A practical guide to managing diabetes with insulin

International consensus recommendations for Time in Range for those using sensors.

Basal testing (Checking your basal insulin is set right helps all other doses work correctly):

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):

Children and young people:

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

Digibete - a video content library to support children, young people and families https://www.digibete.org/

Type 1: Origins - Revolve comics, a great graphic novel/superhero comic for young people. A collaboration between HCPs, PWD and artists.

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

Carb counting (for basal bolus and pump insulin regimes):

DAFNE - now available in an online version
(dose adjustment for normal eating)

Online carb-counting course:
www.bertieonline.org.uk (which replaces BDEC)

The Nuts and Bolts of Carb Counting

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

NHS My Type 1 Diabetes
Information and four eLearning courses for adults with Type 1 diabetes, to help increase understanding and confidence in self-management.

Carbs and Cals - A very popular book (also available as a smartphone App) Carbs & Cals Carb & Calorie Counter: Count Your Carbs & Calories with Over 1,700 Food & Drink Photos
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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 options we have come across:

SD Gluco Navii (formerly the SD Codefree) which has Navii test strips at around £8 for 50.
The Spirit Tee2 has Tee2 test strips at just under £8 for 50

Type 2 Sick Day Rules

Prediabetes / NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
As partof a pilot project you can refer yourself to the NHS diabetes prevention programme for additional support. First complete Diabetes UK’s ‘Know Your Risk’ tool. If this shows that you are at “high” or “moderate” risk of developing diabetes, you should proceed to the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme https://www.diabetes.org.uk/prevention-programme
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Diabetes UK’s Learning Zone offers helpful resources and learning modules which you can tailor to your needs and take at your own pace.

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

A series of informational videos about all aspects of diabetes:

Diatribe’s list of 42 factors(!) that can affect BG

International consensus recommendations for Time in Range for those using sensors.

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

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 ‘Enjoy Food’ part of the DUK website has tips and suggestions r
for people living with all types of diabetes: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/enjoy-food

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

BG meter accuracy
It can be quite disconcerting for members new to self monitoring of blood glucose to get different results from BG readings taken close together, even when carefully following manufacturers guidance (washing hands etc). All meters for sale in the UK should comply with the following ISO standards 95% of the time, which allows a degree of variation (and 5% of results can read anything at all). If in any doubt, or if a reading doesn’t match how you are feeling, you should check again with a fresh strip.

Permitted blood glucose meter variation, upper and lower bounds, from range of BG results
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