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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%
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  1. Eurobuff

    Eurobuff Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Maybe the "refresher" course is to "remind" you that you should be eating fewer carbs, in other words "oops we've got it wrong, we'll better get them back to tell them the correct info"
     
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  2. poohtiggy

    poohtiggy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That's what I thought when reading the letter but then the last paragraph said "please bring your Expert handbook with you" that is, the handbook that told me all the wrong stuff and said 'no food was banned':rolleyes: up the carbs lower the the fat change white grains for brown etc I have decided I will attend if only to contradict them:D
     
  3. Eurobuff

    Eurobuff Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Maybe they will take your book off you & give you an "updated" one
     
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  4. Mia_Malaney

    Mia_Malaney Type 1 · Member

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    I have been T1 for 18 years and wasn't even aware there were courses :-o

    I have been on this site for a little over a week and have learnt more than the last 18 years from the various care teams I have been under, worrying but true!
     
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  5. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    More likely for me would be that I would go along and throw a "hissy fit" that they STILL weren't teaching what the updated XPERT course was saying!
    BTW unlikely to get an updated course as my CCG has abandoned XPERT in favour of a cheaper course, EMPOWER
     
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  6. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Mia_Malaney
    might be an idea to press for a course and see what you can glean from it!
     
  7. Shirl Bill

    Shirl Bill Type 2 · Member

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    I have never been on a course was told T2 gave me tabs Metformin that was it see doc every 6mnths that was 2yrs ago and struggling with T2 I can't get below 13.5
     
  8. Shirl Bill

    Shirl Bill Type 2 · Member

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    Would love to go on course I really need help don't no about carbs don't do courses in my area
     
  9. Eurobuff

    Eurobuff Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am low carbing. I've learnt about 99% of the stuff I know from reading thins forum and asking questions. I haven't been on a course either but by judging what my DN says and what others have said about theirs I don't think I'm missing out that much.
     
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  10. PatsyB

    PatsyB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Never been on a course either and never been offered one :confused:
     
  11. the old bodger

    the old bodger Type 2 · Newbie

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    Never been offered any course or information picked up what I know of the internet and by word of mouth
    Have been diabetic for 5 years now
     
  12. Dizz

    Dizz Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm newly diagnosed T2 and have been offered a 4 hour session called 'Type 2 Diabetes Education Conversation Maps'. It's not until September and at present I'm undecided if I'll go, as others have said, I've learnt a lot in this past week from this site and so far my reduced carb diet and the meds are slowly bringing my BG levels down. The DN at my surgery rang me yesterday to see how I was getting on, I'm quite impressed with that....:)
     
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  13. Marling

    Marling · Member

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    Have been on a 5-day DAFNE course many years ago, and on yearly follow-up courses. It changed my life, I really can and do eat normally and the knowledge about carbs and the corresponding insulin dose has been very liberating and I feel I'm in control of my diabetes. Yes, I would recommend this course to any T1, although, it must be said, it is not easy at first and takes time and determination to learn.
     
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  14. MosheBenYehuda

    MosheBenYehuda Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Same here. T2, and learned all that matters on THIS forum. I became a low carber and seen my BG down from around 10 to around 5 in a month, also my weight from 19 stones to 18 in the same time. I am lucky to have a flexible and supporting GP and family. I just got a call today and will attend X-pert from mid July. Truly looking forward to seeing what's all about, but no one can change my mind about what I achieved. I started in March with "Metformin & eat healthy(?) and no testing needed" and frustrated in May about heavy feet, low mood, twitching and pain in my lower legs, blurred vision etc, and discovered a new life on this forum. Daily testing, lowest carbs, small meals... Still fighting my way through, with little support where I was hoping for more, but seeing the results, I hold on to a new sense of hope. After all, I am 52, but my youngest one is just 8 and hope to see her growing a bit more. :)
    I am not optimistic, as I have seen too much in this life, but realism helps me value even the little bits to what they are: small gems of greater value than the sometimes hopeless average lot;-)
    I'll come back and post about the course. :-D
     
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  15. hemsley15

    hemsley15 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi. Just finished aspire course which I found really helpful. I was diagnosed last year with type 1, which at 53 ,came as quite a shock. This course has helped me to fully understand carb counting, how to hopefully minimize future complications as well as meeting other fantastic people who have type 1. The nurse, dietician and doctor couldn't have been more helpful and nothing was too much trouble. If you get the chance to attend one of these courses I feel you would find it beneficial.
     
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  16. Stuart1957

    Stuart1957 Type 1 · Newbie

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    This is a fantastic course that should be available to everyone
     
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  17. Stuart1957

    Stuart1957 Type 1 · Newbie

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    6 mths after DAFNE now on a Pump. Never felt better in 40yrs Type 1
     
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  18. Astronomer

    Astronomer Type 2 · Member

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    Have you taken one since you were diagnosed? If so, how helpful did you find it, if at all?
    Didn't know there were such courses!

    If you haven't taken any courses - is that because you've never been offered a place, or because you just felt like you didn't need it?
    I have never been asked to go on one!

    I have been diagnosed T2 since 2006, despite the medicine, still tended to have high HbA1c. I have OnTrack app on my smartphone. I have now got control, according to OnTrack, HbA1c has come down, now stands at 6.2 after a long time at 7 or more.
     
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  19. Eurobuff

    Eurobuff Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can I just ask what phone you've got, I've got an iPhone and thought I'd look at the app your using, only when I search under that name I get train timetables!
     
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  20. Astronomer

    Astronomer Type 2 · Member

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    To give it the full name, I use the Medivo OnTrack Diabetes app, and I use it to track BG, BP, weight, estimated HbA1c, pulse, medicines and exercise. I have an android phone, though I think it should be available for iPhones. Try looking in health & fitness category if you have one in the app store.
     
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