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Poll: Which diabetes course(s) have you attended?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Administrator, Jan 19, 2015.

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Which of the following structured diabetes education courses have you attended?

  1. DAFNE

    120 vote(s)
    18.7%
  2. DESMOND

    121 vote(s)
    18.8%
  3. X-PERT

    69 vote(s)
    10.7%
  4. ASPIRE

    3 vote(s)
    0.5%
  5. Freedom4Life

    2 vote(s)
    0.3%
  6. Other (Please state in a post)

    67 vote(s)
    10.4%
  7. Never attended one

    287 vote(s)
    44.7%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. JenniferW

    JenniferW Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've also been to some meetings of the local branch of DiabetesUK and some of the talks there have covered much the same material.
     
  2. wiseowl_123

    wiseowl_123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good evening went to the X-Pert course this morning and unfortunately it was totally waste of time,not the courses fault,its just that I had learnt so much here from all of you,I knew everything already from the help and advice from here,the lady spoke non stop for two hours and wouldn't let anyone ask any questions,I won't be going again as I feel that it would suit someone else better,and as there are 500 people on the waiting list I feel that one of those can have my place,she dismissed low carbs out of hand,I was very surprised that I was the only one there that thanks to you all knew so much about Diabetes,everyone else had no idea at all and were not given any information by their GP or anyone else they were totally in the dark:) very disappointed and disillusioned by the whole experience:)
     
  3. covknit

    covknit Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    How odd she would not accept questions. Anyone that is confident they understand their material is generally happy to have input from the group. I am starting this free on line one on Monday. No idea what it will be like, I am sure it will keep to the traditional format but there is scope for discussion and questions. Free, 3 hours per week for 2 weeks it seems too good an offer to miss https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/demystifying-diabetes
     
  4. Sue108

    Sue108 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi, I put other as it was the DOTTIE course done in doncaster . 2 half day (2hrs to 2.5 hrs each) sessions.
    Definitely leaned a lot more from diabetes uk web site. Focused on general healthy eating not low carbs, some complications of diabetes and looking after feet. OK course but does not seem anywhere as good as some mentioned.
     
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  5. Ultramum

    Ultramum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    DOTTIE for me too. Once when diagnosed and again last year when I asked for a refresher.

    They said that it was the last one they were running as they were going to do a new course. We had the EATWELL plate - huge plastic thing spread across the table with plastic food to place on it. The only thing I came away with was the DN saying that it may not be my diet but just natural progression of the disease which was why my Hba1c had gone up. This cheered me up at the time as my surgery DN had implied that it was down to me and what I was eating.

    I now know better thanks to this forum :)
     
  6. Lorraine1973

    Lorraine1973 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    DAFNE and carb counting course last year. Very informative.
     
  7. Dearbhla

    Dearbhla Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Dafne, saved-my-sanity. Absolutely. Introduced me to the idea that all our different bodies will set their own guidelines and patterns! A relief. In reality, you gotta have a weighing scales by your side when there's new food on the menu...seems easier to just eat fruit, vegetables and breakfast cereals\porridge because starches such as boiled spuds v roasted spuds can have wildly different effects on blood sugars. DAFNE was a really worthwhile course tho.
     
  8. amey_13

    amey_13 Type 2 · Member

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    I was put on a DEREK course. It was informative sure, but they didn't seem very motivated and so that kind of affected the way we felt afterwards. A lack of motivation.
     
  9. leslie10152

    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I haven't attended any courses, but the forum is a great assistance to me.
     
  10. leslie10152

    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've just been invited to attend a diabetes information lecture by DIABETES NSW&ACT. I'll give feedback on this later.
     
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    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've seen this attitude in various educators and GP's. It is depressing, yet I motivate myself to keep up the vigilance. Never get complacent.
     
  12. fletchweb

    fletchweb Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    I've been living with Type 1 for 51 years - I have never taken a course ...
     
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  13. mariamagha

    mariamagha Type 1 · Member

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    I was offered DAFNE after good 15 years of struggle with my type 1 diabetes, until I was hospitalised. I've never been offered the course before!
     
  14. mariamagha

    mariamagha Type 1 · Member

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    I have Type 1 Diabetes and was struggling with my Diabetes control for more than 10 years.
    I was suggested to do the DAPHNE Course and I did it 3 years ago and what a difference it has made on
    my life. I suggest everyone with Type 1 Diabetes should go for it.
     
  15. Benita_

    Benita_ Type 2 · Member

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    I am T2 the seminar attend was southwark call walk away from diabetes. Lectured about diabetes most of the time there was a language barrier in the seminar. A board with all human shape and magnetic body parts and food, watch the ladies stick them on the and what category is reversable diabetes. "what if it's heridartry ask" told we get to that, 2 hours later last on the list,. Did l really waste my time to be told l m overweight, like l didn't know complain about it for 2yrs at the doctors. This forum has shown me more in a few days
     
  16. Dispenser_

    Dispenser_ Type 1 · Newbie

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    DAFNE is the best course and easy to understand and control your diabetes
     
  17. heh

    heh Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    OH & I went to the D.E.R.E.K. course last week. The two specialist nurses running it were very motivated and informative. It did show up how different doctors practices can be, we're getting great support from ours but others reported terrible/no support from theirs.
     
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    hca Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Been offered a Desmond course, but unable to attend
     
  19. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I was offered DESMOND but declined to take part because in general I find all NHS information to be oversimplified and I do not have the patience to deal with people who are often patronising or who dodge questions when answers would go against the accepted norm. When I told my DN she brushed it off saying 'perhaps I will rerefer you in a few months' !
     
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  20. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I attended a three hour session called Diabetes 2gether run by the NHS in Oxfordshire. It was fairly good, they explained Type 2 diabetes in enough detail, without blinding us with science. They did an exercise categorising foods into low, medium and high carb. They said we should eat mainly from the low section, occasionally from the medium section and avoid the high. They drew the line at giving a suggested amount of carbs per day though when I asked! As for monitoring, there was only me and a taxi driver (who has to monitor because of his meds and job), they neither disagreed with me monitoring, neither did they encourage the others to!
     
    #340 Rachox, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:46 PM
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2017
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