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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

    288 vote(s)
    44.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Kate's-cat

    Kate's-cat Type 2 · Newbie

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    I've been on the Xpert Diabetes course in Wales. Absolutely excellent. 6 weeks 2.5hrs a week, I came away with a real understanding of how to manage my t2. Have started monitoring my carb intake very closely. The course covered diet, food labelling, medication, side effects, complications etc
    It gave me back a sense of control. I'm very grateful the course was available because the doctor was useless, wittered on about not eating fruit (never mind the giant bars of chocolate I used to live on!). Also doctor said I would need to be on Medication for the rest of my life, whereas the diabetic nurse running the course said that weight loss and good diet control made it likely I could stop taking the medication at some point, she said doctors often say that you need to take the tablets forever but it's not true! She also said that the surgery will often encourage you to eat more if your blood glucose levels drop!
    Bottom line is I feel more in control and well informed now and my goal is to lose enough weight to stop the metformin.
     
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  2. Fayefaye1429

    Fayefaye1429 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Is the expert similar to dafne
     
  3. Kate's-cat

    Kate's-cat Type 2 · Newbie

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    Not sure, there seem to be many different courses available. This is 6 weeks, 2.5hrs a week.
     
  4. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Diagnosed June 2013, attended DAFNE that December, some very useful bits, some very frustrating sections, particularly on nutrition as they simply refused to acknowledge let alone discuss any alternatives to their high carb eat everything and throw a bucket of insulin at it mode
     
  5. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Attended DESMOND 2011 and found it helpful as a starter course. Learned more being on DCUK and through experience.
     
  6. rae65

    rae65 Type 2 · Member

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    DESMOND course next Thursday...
     
  7. KittyKatty

    KittyKatty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was never offered one - unless you count Weight Watchers/Slimming World, which my DN suggested I try. I declined both of those, saying I'll lose the weight by myself - which I have!

    But I found out about DESMONDS from a diabetic friend. It would have been nice to offer me (all diabetics, in fact) one of these courses.
     
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  8. Fayefaye1429

    Fayefaye1429 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    They do seem to be abit of a hidden secret in nhs
     
  9. lynnew1951

    lynnew1951 · Member

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    DESMOND. It was life changing for me! So easy to understand type 2 after this course.
     
  10. Sandrao

    Sandrao Type 2 · Active Member

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    Just started the EXPERT course
     
  11. Kjosh

    Kjosh Type 2 · Member

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    I did a course when 1st diagnosed and couldn't take it then all about portion sizes and food, would love to do another re carb counting as trying to do this on my own and finding it a bit hard.
     
  12. TyTy

    TyTy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    has anyone heard about the course Juggle!!,

    Just came back from my DN nurse and asked me to try and get on this course, anyone been on it or heard of it
     
  13. Fayefaye1429

    Fayefaye1429 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I no heard of that. Did she say anything about it?as would love to know more
     
  14. WeeFergus

    WeeFergus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @melissa589 , I did the DESMOND course a few weeks ago and it was definitely aimed at Type 2s. I see you are a Type 1 so I don't know why you're not getting a DAFNE course instead.
     
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  15. WeeFergus

    WeeFergus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Diagnosed Type 2 in mid-January 2015 and attended the 1 day DESMOND course 2 weeks ago. Due to the fact that I had already joined this forum and had learnt a lot about controlling my BG levels I didn't really learn anything new. The NHS booklet we were given called 'Getting To Grips With Type 2 Diabetes' actually mentions taking regular blood glucose level readings and says "Your doctor or nurse will explain how to obtain the equipment,together with detailed instructions on how to use it, should you agree together that it would be useful for you to blood test". The course made it plain that it was not local NHS policy to agree to personal BG monitoring for Type 2s. The booklet, as well as the 'food' talk put the emphasis on reducing the intake of fat although carbohydrates did get a mention - "having less sugary foods", "eating smaller portions of starchy carbohydrate" and "eat foods that break down into glucose more slowly".

    As I had already lowered my BG from 53 to 42 using the advice from this forum, I didn't get any great insights from the course but I think a lot of others who had done little (or nothing) to make changes were better served.

    P.S. I was the only participant (including the 2 nurses delivering the course) who didn't eat a 'carb-loaded' lunch or eat biscuits at break times!
     
  16. TyTy

    TyTy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    i just had a call from someone who running the juggle course
    it a 4 week course one morning or evening , it apparently split in yo the following

    week one- about diabetes
    week two diet and what food to eat
    week three about the heart and it effect on people with diabetes
    week four recap

    hope it helps
     
  17. TyTy

    TyTy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    oldman1954 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi diagnosed last week , got a letter today when i got home offering a place on desmond but not until november.
     
  19. VinnyJames

    VinnyJames Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    None. Followed the great advice on here and now my diabetes has resolved.
     
  20. poohtiggy

    poohtiggy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed exactly a year ago this week and found this forum a few weeks later, I followed a lot of the advice and recipes, cut my carb intake and lost two stone in as many months:) . My DN was amazed at how well I did. Then in November I did the Expert course and they told me to do the opposite of all I'd been doing, eat 5 to 15 portions of carbs a day, cut the cheese, use skimmed milk, eat as much fruit as I wished, increase my veg intake including potatoes and increase pasta meals:arghh: yeh right
    Then came the Expert turnaround advising low cab and Trudi Deakin admitting she got it wrong
    Yesterday I had a letter inviting me to do a refresher course in July "when I will be given the chance to remind myself what I had learned on the Course and see how I am progressing, revisit the 7 lifestyle factors for better health and make some small changes with the help of new recipes"
    Following my first experience I am undecided whether to go or not but it might be interesting to see just how they have adapted the course.( For better or worse) and whether they now know if what they are teaching is good for type 2 diabetics.....maybe just for curiosity:)
     
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