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This course will show a very constructive and positive approach to dealing with diabetes. Its layout encourages persons as we believe to develop a good understanding of the condition and to question their approach to the disease. We have no hesitation in commending this course – it helps towards our understanding of diabetes as well as being very constructive in dealing with issues that surround the condition. We have always maintained that “I have diabetes but it doesn’t have me.” Learning more about diabetes is very positive, as is going out and leading a very active and normal life, not allowing diabetes to restrain you in anyway.

Happy learning!

When diabetes suddenly hits you or a close relative, many unpleasant things come to mind, such as injections, strict diets, urine tests, and blindness. In fact most people with diabetes do not need injections, their diet is normal and wholesome, urine tests have gone out of fashion and eye disease can now be successfully treated. However, people do have to learn to control their diabetes and they can do this only by understanding the condition. Much advice and help comes from nurses, doctors, dietitians and others, but how well the condition is controlled is each individual’s own decision. A lot of effort is being put into diabetes education and this course is part of that effort.

There is a great deal of information for all of us to learn.  Diabetes is a complex disorder, and parts of this course reflect its complexity. Although some aspects of diabetes are hard to understand, most people manage to lead full lives by incorporating their condition into their normal work and activities. If you have just discovered that you (or a close relative) have diabetes, you will probably feel shocked and worried.

This is not the time to try to learn about the most difficult aspects of the subject. But even at this early stage you, your partner, and your parents if you are a child, need to know certain basic facts. Once the initial shock reaction is over and your own experience with diabetes increases, you will be ready to learn about the frills. Remember that no one involved in this subject (including doctors and nurses) ever stops learning more about it.

This course is a series of questions and answers. We hope that at least we are consistent in our answers.

Feedback is the most important feature of good diabetes care. This relies on people being honest with the doctor or nurse and vice versa. Not everyone will agree with the answers we give, but the course can only be improved if you let us know when you disagree and have found our advice to be unhelpful.

We go during these course do a description of the central problem in diabetes, which is an increase in the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. We describe why this happens and why it may be dangerous.



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