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D:udes Understanding Diabetes information for young people with type 1 diabetes
Information on insulin pumps
Freestyle Libre information
Bertie Online Online Course for adults with Type 1 diabetes
Diabetes Wales Pocket Medic podcasts
Diabetes Scotland Helpline
0141 212 8710
For specialist information and advice on all aspects of living with diabetes. Call for answers, support or just to talk to someone who knows about diabetes.
The interactive diabetes website for Scotland to help support people who have diabetes and their family and friends.
Allows you to see your blood results. It links leaflets and videos relevant to your diabetes and offers helpful tables. It shows graphs of your own information including medication which is recorded on your GP’s computer system.
Authors: Chris Cheyette and Yello Balolia – over 1700 photos of popular foods and drinks, up to 6 portion size photos for each food item and values for carbohydrates, calories, protein, fat, saturated fat and fibre.
Stress Control and Sleeping issues
- Look for Stress Control Classes or local alternative
- NHS choices – Moodzone
- Chill Panda App available on Play store and Apple app store (currently being tested in NHS) – A role playing app aimed for young people
- Cove App available on Apple app store (currently being tested in the NHS) – Create music to capture your mood and explore your emotions
- Youtube search “Black dog” (World Health Organisation video about depression).
Visit your GP if you need more information than you can find on these sites.
Smokeline – 0800 848484 to find the right support for your area. Your local chemist can provide help and information
The Equality Act (2010) protects people with disabilities from being treated differently to other employees. Whilst diabetes is not a disability, it is covered under the Act. For more information, or if you think you are being discriminated against, contact the Helpline on: 0800 800 0082 or go to the website at: Equality Advisory Service
If you drive Heavy Goods vehicles, you must tell the DVLA immediately if you have had 1 hypo requiring the assistance of another person. This could happen if you take sulphonlyurea tablets such as gliclazide, glipizide, glimepiride and tolbutamide. The rules are the same as below for other situations.
If you drive Group 1 vehicles only, you do not need to inform the DVLA that you have Type 2 diabetes, unless you have had more than 1 hypo requiring the assistance of another person in the last 12 months, you have begun to use insulin, you have developed complications such as impaired eyesight, circulation or sensation, or an existing medical condition worsens which may affect driving in the future.
If on sulphonylureas or insulin, you should check your blood glucose before driving and at 2 hour intervals on long journeys. Stop the car and have a snack if blood glucose is below 5mmol/l and do not drive if below 4mmol/l. If you are having a hypo, stop the car and remove the key before treating the hypo.
As rules may change, you can get the latest advice at www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving.
With the Equality Act 2010, Insurers can only refuse cover or charge more if they have evidence of increased risk. For more information, go to www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes.
Car Insurance: You need to inform your insurance company that you have diabetes but shop around if it affects your premium and you are not at increased risk.
Travel Insurance: You need to inform your insurance company that you have diabetes but shop around if it affects your premium and you are not at increased risk.
Carry diabetes ID and make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are travelling to a European Union member country as it makes accessing healthcare in that country easier. You can apply at www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card.