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My Diabetes My Way: March 2017 Update

Posted: 31/03/2017

Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for March 2017.

12,500 Active Users

During the last few days of February, My Diabetes My Way reached a milestone of 12,500 users logging in to access their diabetes records. It is very important that My Diabetes My Way maintains a large, active, user population to demonstrate that it is helping to support those with diabetes and their self-management. We would like to thank you for your contribution in helping us to provide evidence to confirm this.

Cholesterol and Diabetes

Long term high cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. The following factors contribute to high cholesterol levels:

  • ​Unhealthy diet high in saturated fat
  • Low physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia (a genetic condition)
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

Ways to reduce cholesterol or maintain cholesterol to target level:

  • ​Maintaining a healthy balanced diet
  • Swapping foods containing saturated fat for fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals
  • Making positive lifestyle changes
  • Taking regular exercise
  • If you smoke, stop smoking
  • Attending annual review appointments

If you are over 40 and have diabetes your doctor will likely offer you cholesterol lowering medications called 'statins', in line with national guidelines and research supporting their benefits in reducing the risk of complications.

You can read more about cholesterol by viewing the following links:

www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/resources/leaflets/heartDiseaseAndDiabetes.asp

Check Your Address!

It is extremely important that your NHS service providers are aware of your current permanent address at all times. Not only is this required for verifying your details when you register for My Diabetes My Way, but several services rely upon it. For example, your eye screening and clinic appointment letters are currently posted to your address via traditional mail. If you have moved house, you may not receive these letters and miss important screenings and measurements.

Please make sure that you keep your GP informed of any change in your address and this information will be shared with services that are relevant to your care. You can check the address that the NHS currently holds for you by logging in to My Diabetes My Way.

Many thanks for your continued support.

The mydiabetes*myway team