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Helping people understand more about diabetes

Helping people understand more about diabetes

Publication date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Diabetes UK have launched a new self-management education programme to help people understand more about diabetes and how to manage it effectively.  New online research from the charity in the UK has revealed a worrying lack of knowledge of the disease. For example:

  • 48% of the general public do not know that diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction, a common diabetes-related complication.
  • 45% of those polled did not know that more people in the UK have diabetes than cancer and dementia combined
  • 10% said they did not know whether people with diabetes can consume any sugar at all 

Kathryn Kirchner, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “On average, people with diabetes spend three hours a year with a healthcare professional. For the remaining 8757 hours they manage their diabetes themselves. Diabetes self-management education can help anyone who has been diagnosed to stay healthy, live well and avoid debilitating complications. But, it can be hard to find trusted sources of information online that actually help people safely manage their condition.”

The new Diabetes UK Learning Zone aims to provide tailored and easy-to-understand advice that has been clinically approved and grounded in the latest medical research.  Kathryn added, “We hope that this is the start of a new era in diabetes education where online learning can be used alongside education courses to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of complications for people with the condition.”


More information

Visit the Learning Zone at www.diabetes.org.uk/zone




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Category: Have You Heard
Edition: Volume 3, Number 11, BJPCN Online 2018

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