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My Diabetes My Way: August 2017 Update

Posted: 01/09/2017

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

15,000 Active Users

During the last few days of August, My Diabetes My Way reached a milestone of 15,000 people logging in to access their diabetes records. We would like to thank you for contributing to this achievement. This helps us to provide evidence that the service is helping people with their diabetes self-management and assists with education about the condition.

Scottish Diabetes Survey 2016

The Scottish Government has published the 2016 Scottish Diabetes Survey. This report provides an annual update describing many aspects of diabetes care across the whole of Scotland. This information is useful and helps each Scottish NHS Board identify what is needed to further improve the quality of diabetes care. You can find the full report at the following link: http://bit.ly/2wLd4Ce

Diabetes and Exercise

Over summer we tend to be more active therefore this month we are talking about Exercise. The following exercise guidelines are from the Department of Health:

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Documents/children-and-young-people-5-18-years.pdf
https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Documents/adults-19-64-years.pdf
https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Documents/older-adults-65-years.pdf

Increasing your activity level is good for your diabetes and for your overall health, but it should be an enjoyable and safe experience. Here are a few things to consider:

  • 1.​If you have never exercised or haven't been active for a while, start slow and increase intensity gradually. If you feel unsure about your health, ask your diabetes team about which activities are safest for you
  • 2.Make sure you give yourself time to warm up before exercise and cool down afterwards to prevent injury
  • 3.Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activity to stay hydrated
  • 4.If you are taking medication which can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) make sure to test blood glucose levels regularly and carry hypo treatment
  • 5.High blood glucose, above 13 mmol/l prior to exercise (particularly if you have type 1 diabetes), can lead to higher readings and risk of ketones due to lack of insulin in your system. It is important to discuss your individual action plan for exercise with your Diabetes Team
  • 6.If you are planning exercise for a prolonged period of time it is also important to plan ahead and take advice from your Diabetes Team
  • 7.Wear a medical identification bracelet, necklace, or some form of medical ID that identifies you as someone with diabetes in case of emergency. Carry a mobile phone with you in case you need to call someone for assistance.
  • 8.Take care of your feet by wearing shoes and socks that fit you well
  • 9.Check your feet before and after activity for blisters, redness, or inflammation
  • 10.Remember to enjoy your chosen activity and not to expect too much too soon

Further reading on types of activity:https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/keeping-active/getting-started/choosing-activities

Thank you for your continued support.​

The mydiabetes*myway team