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Education for people with diabetes

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Education for people with diabetes

The prevalence of diabetes in the UK is currently around 6%, which means that approximately 3.2 million UK adults suffer from diabetes. Of these, approximately 90% have type 2 diabetes and it is thought that there are also almost a million people in the UK with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Self-care forms a substantial part of the management of this long term condition, and it is therefore essential that patients are provided with education and resources to help them make informed choices about their condition.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of the importance of patient education for people with diabetes. Complete the resource to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The educational training courses available for people with diabetes
  • The lifestyle advice which should be offered to people with diabetes
  • How education regarding home blood glucose testing should be delivered to people with type 2 diabetes
  • The role of the multidisciplinary team in educating people with diabetes

Reading list

Alphabet strategy for diabetes Available from

Diabetes UK.  State of the Nation: Challenges for 2015 and beyond, 2014.

ESC Guidelines on diabetes, pre-diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases developed in collaboration with the EASD (2013) available from

Holt T and Kumar S (2010) ABC of Diabetes Wiley Blackwell West Sussex

NICE NG28 Type 2 diabetes in adults - management, 2015.

NICE NG18 Diabetes (type 1 and 2) in children and young people, 2015.

NICE NG17 Type 1 diabetes in adults: diagnosis and management, 2015.

Further education and training 

Diabetes courses from Education for Health 

Date of preparation: April 2014

Updated: January 2016