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World Diabetes Day 2017

9 November 2017

World Diabetes Day falls on 14 November every year. Itís a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what itís really like to live with the condition. Itís a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.

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Join the fight for a better future

The campaign aims to create a world where diabetes can do no harm, and thereís real hope for better treatment, research and understanding of diabetes, but the campaign needs support. They want to add voices to thousands of others and join the fight for a better future for people living with diabetes. Help spread the word on Twitter and Facebook on World Diabetes Day. Your voice will help to make better diabetes care, research and understanding a reality.

Diabetes UK know that living with diabetes is tough. They know it doesnít give you a day off and also know how to make life with diabetes a little easier. The Diabetes UK Helpline is staffed by trained counsellors who really understand diabetes. They can provide information about the condition, take time to talk things through and explore emotional, social, psychological or practical difficulties.

15 Healthcare essentials

The 15 Healthcare Essentials is the minimum level of healthcare everyone with diabetes deserves and should expect.

You can use this list to talk to your healthcare team about your individual needs as part of your annual care planning review. This is where you should agree your priorities, discuss your personal targets and agree a written plan of action to help you reach them.

  1. Get your blood glucose levels measured (HbA1c blood test)
  2. Have your blood pressure measured
  3. Have your blood fats measured
  4. Have your eyes screened for signs of retinopathy
  5. Have your feet and legs checked
  6. Have your kidney function monitored
  7. Get ongoing, individual dietary advice
  8. Get emotional and psychological support
  9. Be offered a local education course
  10. See specialist healthcare professionals
  11. Get a free flu vaccination
  12. Receive high-quality care if admitted to hospital
  13. Have the chance to talk about any sexual problems
  14. If you smoke, get support to quit
  15. Get information and specialist care if you are planning to have a baby

If you arenít getting all the care you deserve, take it up with your GP or to your local NHS and diabetes services and discuss it with them. If you need help call the Diabetes UK.

Diabetes Education

Diabetes education courses make living with diabetes easier. Whether you have Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, it can feel like there is a lot to learn. But going on a course can help you understand what diabetes is and how it affects your body. People who have been on a course feel more confident about looking after their condition and are less likely to suffer complications.

New improvement fund for diabetes in England

NHS England announced a £40m national fund to improve diabetes services in four priority areas:

  • Improving the uptake of structured education for people with diabetes
  • Improving the achievement of the NICE recommended treatment targets
  • New or expanded multi-disciplinary footcare teams (MDFTs)
  • New or expanded diabetes inpatient specialist nursing services (DISNs)


Specialist information and advice on all aspects of living with diabetes. Get in touch for answers, support or just to talk to someone who knows diabetes.