A type 2 diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming. There is so
much information available, it can be difficult to take it all in.
Diabetes UK's free type 2 Diabetes and Me online guide allows
patients to get all the facts, at their own pace, in their own time.
The online guide is for anyone who has recently received a type
2 diabetes diagnosis and those living with or affected by type 2 diabetes who want
a refresher about their condition and the options available to support them.
Most people with diabetes spend approximately three hours per year with their healthcare professional. It
is vital that they are able to manage their condition on a daily basis. Diabetes education has been shown to
improve health outcomes and reduce the onset of serious complications. However, the National Diabetes
Audit found that only 16% of those diagnosed are offered structured education course, resulting in only
3.8% of newly diagnosed type 2 Diabetes patients attending them. Research by the digital sector shows
a rapid expansion in internet use, with 90% of adults going online in any location, including for health
related guidance, with 78% of respondents having used the internet for this purpose. 87% of people with
type 2 diabetes are aged over 50 and there is an increase in the proportion of people aged 65-74 going
online in any location. The availability of online education for diabetes in the UK is sparse, with initiatives
being offered on a commissioned basis in a local area rather than being freely available nationally.
To create a guide to type 2 diabetes that will be relevant to people who have been newly
diagnosed - and a refresher for anyone living with type 2 diabetes. The guide will support
people with type 2 diabetes to better understand and manage their condition.
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