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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)
    18.6%
  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

    289 vote(s)
    44.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well at least ED ain't affecting you then!;)
     
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  2. Ayrshire Dave

    Ayrshire Dave Type 2 · Active Member

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    Never been offered one, but that seems to be the norm at our doctors, once they have made the diagnosis you are on your own.
    Dave

    EDIT: Just googled one of the courses DAFNE and it is for type 1 and I am type 2 so probably theses courses are not relevant to me
     
  3. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    My "other" was a DEREK course run by a local charity.
     
  4. catherinecherub

    catherinecherub · Guest


    Hi @Ayrshire Dave,

    You are entitled to go on a course and your area should provide one. EXPERT and DESMOND are relevant to Type2s and some areas do their own course with various names.

    These are the healthcare essentials that you are entitled to including education.


    Attend an education course to help you understand and manage your diabetes. You should be offered and have the opportunity to attend courses in your local area.

    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Document...s/15-healthcare-essentials-checklist-0714.pdf
     
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  5. sugarfree_tracy

    sugarfree_tracy Type 2 · Member

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    I attended a 4 week course, once a week for 2 and half hours, called Juggle. Each week they look at different aspects of Diabetes (type2) I was diagnosed 18 months ago as borderline so was told to cut out sugary things, which I thought I did. Ate nothing 'sugary' so thought was doing fine. Had to have an op so went for the pre op assesment, told the nurse I was borderline so she took my bloods and got back to me that afternoon advising me to go see my GP soon as pos as my bloods were sky high. Was put on Metformin and the Juggle programme was recommended. They basically told me to try and eat something carby every 4 hours to stabilise my sugars. Everything else I learned on the programme was pretty informative but the eating carby things confuses me as I thought eating too many carbs isnt good. I have just joined this forum and am reading about LCHF which is what Im going to be doing :)
     
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  6. johnboy412000

    johnboy412000 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I've wrote to Desmond asking to cancel my course and if they have any courses that run for just a few hours as i feel 9am to 4pm is far too long to be sat in a class room.I'd much rather have some shorter courses say 9am to 12 noon and preferably nearer to home.My lifestyle is tiring given that the wife wakes me at least once in the night she gets stiff and needs turning over this results in me being tired the next day.My Bells Palsy also zaps the energy bank.At least i have given them 2 weeks notice which is time enough for them to offer the course to someone else.
     
  7. johnboy412000

    johnboy412000 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Now thats more like it 2 1/2 hours would be better for me 9am to 4pm is way too long to be sat in a classroom id lose interest after 3 hours.

    Ouch Metformin i sure hope they dont put me on that stuff it nearly wiped my wife's kidneys out did that stuff.My diabetic nurse gave me a list of whats safe to eat and what isnt it included starchy stuff and carbs like Potato's and bread.I have these in moderation of course.
     
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  8. sammybabe

    sammybabe Type 1 · Active Member

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  9. Applenerd81

    Applenerd81 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've been type 1 for 20+ years and never recommended to attend a course. Told I didn't need it (based on discussion with consultant). My hba1cs have been in low 8s/high7s for as long as I can remember (told I wasn't too bad but could be better) with no useful help on how to achieve better figures. I'm on LCHF (via dietdoctor.com) now - best "course" I've had - hopefully hba1cs to prove it (next week).
     
  10. JRW

    JRW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    T1 diagnosed two years ago, the only opportunity I had was a cancellation on a carb counting course, with less than two weeks notice, I couldn't as was working abroad that week, all booked so no chance of cancelling. I've heard nothing since. Mind you I'm not surprised as I'm an outpatient from the same hospitals trust and haven't seen my consultant or anyone there since Nov 2013.
     
  11. lildanfen

    lildanfen Type 1 · Active Member

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    I was diagnosed in 2001, never been on a course and my Diabetic Specialist has postponed my appointments for 4 years
     
  12. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    sounds more like a procrastination specialist :confused:
     
  13. aylalake

    aylalake Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I did a DESMOND course a few months ago, almost a year after diagnosis and several months after joining this forum.
    It was a 9-4 course, and to my surprise I was not at all bored and didn't find it tiring.
    I already knew a lot of the information but we had a number of people there who were clearly not well-informed and it was like watching lights go on in their heads when they realised what they were doing to themselves with their lifestyle and diet.
    The nurses clearly knew their facts and the Eatwell plate didn't even rate a mention, although fats did, but the "moderation" word was used repeatedly. When I asked how "moderation" was defined, it was thrown open for group discussion. One man said 3 pints of ale and a small portion of battered fish and chips! Another said one helping of lasagne instead of two. The nurse summed up by saying that clearly moderation means different things to different people, but they suggested that the ale and fish man should reconsider his options!
    I did learn a lot and it was explained simply with visual aids, so people from all walks of life could understand it.
    I think it is a worthwhile course but it should be offered as soon after diagnosis as possible, not months or years down the line.
     
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    Eileen 21 Type 2 · Member

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    Eileen 21 Type 2 · Member

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    I have been on a expert course week 2 today. Have been diagnosed 4 years and its the first time it has been offered. I wish I had the opportunity to go on this earlier it would have helped me understand my diabetes. I am learning so much. If you get the chance to go grab it with both hands.
     
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  16. Samm38

    Samm38 Type 2 · Active Member

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    I'm type 2 diabetic I've never been offered anything like this. I don't even get any usefull info off my doctors. One doctor says one thing then another controdicts saying something else. So I never know who to believe or what to do. It gets very confusing.
     
  17. Okjilly67

    Okjilly67 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was declared "diabetic" by my GP 2 weeks ago and referred immediately to the Diabeties Nurse within the practice. I was given a check of my feet and reflexes and circulation. She applied for me to attend a Diabeties education course, which Im booked in for first week of June, I've also received my Retinal screening appointment. So far things seem to be moving at a reasonable pace. So no complaints so far. The best thing is finding this site and all you lovely people :)
     
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  18. emilyb

    emilyb Type 1 · Member

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    Did a DAFNE course, lasted a week but best week I spend feel much more equipped to deal with my Diabetes.
     
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    pavmas · Well-Known Member

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    I am type one never been offered any courses and eat pears, what is wrong with pears did they say
     
  20. pavmas

    pavmas · Well-Known Member

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    Reading this forum is an eye opener, im a vegetarian so Don,t see a problem and have not saw a dietician, why cant you be vegetarian
     
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