Diabetes Education Self Management Newly Diagnosed and Ongoing Diabetes (DESMOND) education groups are for anyone with Type 2 diabetes.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This high blood sugar is called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
If you have Type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. Your body has become insulin resistant. At first, to keep your blood glucose normal, your pancreas makes extra insulin. Over time your pancreas isn't able to make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels. Diabetes is diagnosed when your HBA1c test is greater than 50 mmol/mol on two occasions.
DESMOND will help you:
- Understand what is Type 2 diabetes
- Relate Type 2 diabetes to other long-term health problems such as heart disease and sight loss.
- Recognise changes you can make to help manage your diabetes
- Make clear and achievable goals to help manage your diabetes
Support after DESMOND
Some people set the goal of improving their psychological well-being after attending DESMOND. We encourage people to use a wide range of support services through Books On Prescription, or using web sites or telephone support as listed on the Mental Health Foundation Website.
How do I get onto a DESMOND course?
Ask your GP and/or Practice Nurse about whether DESMOND is right for you when you have an appointment to review your diabetes.
If you would like to self-refer to DESMOND please contact the DESMOND administrator via email or phone 0800 800 249
This resource has more information about DESMOND