These leaflets provide helpful information about diabetes, covering a range of topics such as how to manage hypos, HbA1C and driving with diabetes.
The inside story on diabetes
Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus to give it its full name, is where the body loses the ability to control blood glucose properly. People get diabetes for many different reasons and it can affect anyone, at any age.
This booklet will help introduce you to some of the key topics, and advise you on the day-to-day realities of living with diabetes.
Get the low-down on hypos
If you have diabetes, hypoglycaemia is one of those things that it's good to know more about.
This booklet explains why it’s important you know what a hypo is, how to tell if you are having one and how to act on it.
Time to test
Going for a jog, drinks after work, eating out or a sneaky midnight snack; these are things most people take for granted, unless you have diabetes.
Blood glucose testing is an important way of keeping an eye on what's going on – and an essential tool for managing your diabetes. This leaflet explains the importance of testing.
Taking the sting out of testing
This booklet helps to answer some common blood glucose testing-related questions, packed with tips and advice, it aims to help make testing more comfortable and hopefully less of a pain.
Alcohol and diabetes
Enjoying the occasional drink should not be a problem for a person with diabetes but if you do choose to consume alcohol, ideally do so in moderation as it interacts with blood glucose regulation.
This booklet has some tips and recommendations should you choose to have the occasional alcoholic drink.
What do you know about HbA1C
The HbA1C test is a blood test for people with diabetes. It measures your average blood glucose level over 2 to 3 months and is an important part of how your diabetes is managed.
This booklet explains HbA1C, and how you can use your test results to make sure you stay in control of your diabetes in the long-term.
When diabetes gets you down
New treatments, constant testing, clinic visits, other problems... Living with diabetes isn't always straightforward. It's no wonder that the day-to-day stress of coping with diabetes affects so many people and gets them down.
This booklet helps to explain the link between mental health and diabetes, the signs to look out for and how to help.
Getting behind the wheel
Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to give up driving – but it does mean you have to be well prepared and well controlled. There are some important legal and health issues you should know about.
This booklet highlights some of the key issues you may face and also give you a few hints and tips. So, read on and happy motoring!
Tips for exotic eating
Whether your cultural roots are in another country, or you have adventurous taste buds, eating exotic foods is no different. It's still important that you eat a healthy balanced diet.
If you have diabetes you will, however, need to take extra care. This booklet will help you tuck into some of the key issues you may face at mealtimes.
Planning a pregnancy
If you are planning a pregnancy, then good blood glucose control before and during pregnancy can improve your chances of a safe and successful outcome for both you and your baby.
This booklet provides useful information on lowering risks for both you and your baby as well as diet, lifestyle and blood glucose control.