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Doing a type 1 diabetes course

Diabetes courses are encouraged for everyone with type 1 diabetes. It doesn't matter how long you have had it.

Evidence shows people who have been on a course have more stable blood sugar levels and fewer complications.

Many people who have attended these courses describe them as "life changing".

There are different ways to do a course. There are benefits whatever way you choose to learn, and courses are free.

You should be offered a place on a face-to-face course within 1 year of being diagnosed.

Face-to-face course

Face-to-face courses, like dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE), focus on learning how to adjust your insulin.

You learn in a small group and meet people going through the same things as you. This can give you support during and after the course.

Courses usually run for 4 to 5 days.

You'll learn about:

  • insulin adjustment
  • carb counting
  • exercise
  • hypos
  • complications
  • what to do if you're ill

A course can help you:

  • feel more confident about managing your diabetes
  • get better control of your blood glucose levels
  • be more flexible with your food and drink

Speak to your diabetes team about local diabetes courses.

Online course

Learning online means you can do it at your own pace and at a time that suits you. You can leave and come back at any time.

You pick the subjects you want to learn and do as many as you like. This might be useful if you have just been diagnosed and there's a lot to take in, or you have already done a course but need a refresher.

Online courses are designed for everyone with any level of computer skills. You can do it on your phone, tablet or laptop.


Try these online courses:

Page last reviewed: 14 May 2018
Next review due: 14 May 2021