Information on diabetes

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THERE is no doubt that a great many of your readers will suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately we have found that many people with diabetes feel they do not have enough information to help them with their diabetes. With this in mind, the Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) has produced a free booklet, Understanding Your Diabetes, which provides this information in non-medical language, to help people understand their treatment, to improve their health and make life easier.

One of the important aspects of the treatment of diabetes is eating the appropriate diet but we have found that many people do not have enough information about what they should and can eat. Our free booklet, Diabetes – Everyday Eating, helps with this as it contains 28 days of menus for everyday, affordable meals and much more.

Having diabetes may mean a stay in hospital, either at diagnosis or as a result of the management of the condition and its complications. Government statistics show that errors in medication or treatment are more likely to occur to people with diabetes while they are in hospital, so to help avoid this IDDT has produced a free Hospital Passport for people with diabetes to take into hospital with them. It will provide hospital staff with vital information about the person with diabetes and how their diabetes is managed. It aims to make it easier for people to be treated and for people to receive the treatment they want.

IDDT produces a wide variety of free information. For more information about the work of IDDT or to receive your free copy of Understanding Your Diabetes, Diabetes – Everyday Eating and/or the Hospital Passport contact IDDT on 01604 622837 or email

Martin Hirst, IDDT, Northampton.