Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for August 2020.
Heart, Circulation and Blood Pressure Health
September is Vascular Awareness Month and this period will also cover Blood Pressure UK’s “Know Your Numbers Week” from 7-13th September. To support both these initiatives, My Diabetes My Way are promoting awareness of heart, circulation and blood pressure health.
The good news is we can all do something to reduce our risk of vascular problems, whether this is related to the heart, brain or circulation in your feet. Make sure you have your HbA1c, cholesterol and blood pressure checked at least once a year. My Diabetes My Way and the interactive resources can support you in knowing your numbers and how to interpret them.
You can check any tests that are overdue by logging in to access your data and selecting “My Reports” then “15 Care Measures”. This report shows you how many of Diabetes UK’s 15 Healthcare Essentials you have achieved in the last year. You can read more about these tests here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/15-healthcare-essentials/what-are-the-15-healthcare-essentials
For more information from My Diabetes My Way:
Heart Disease, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Diabetes: https://www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/Content.aspx?id=46
More information is also available from the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK:
How a Healthy Heart Works: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/how-a-healthy-heart-works
Preventing Heart Disease: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/publications/preventing-heart-disease
Diabetes and Blood Pressure: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/blood-pressure
Free Online Diabetes Courses
Free online courses are now available for people with Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes at https://elearning.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk. These courses are provided by MyWay Digital Health and have been developed in collaboration with the University of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh. To brush up on your diabetes self-management during COVID-19, register a username and password to get going.
Please note, this service is not connected to myaccount, so you will be asked to create a new account to access eLearning. Your myaccount details will work as normal to allow you to access your diabetes records.
Facebook and Twitter
Please remember, you can keep up-to-date with the latest news and useful information on the My Diabetes My Way Facebook and Twitter pages.
My Diabetes My Way Admin
Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, it is taking us longer to collect mail, create new enrolment packs and send out registration paperwork for you to access your diabetes records. We are currently processing enrolment packs in batches every two weeks, but we are now happy for you to email us back a photo or scanned copy of your signed form to avoid any further delays.
Help and Support
If you have not yet managed to gain access to your diabetes records on My Diabetes My Way, or would like an update on the status of your registration, please let us know. You can contact us regarding any problems or request further help and support by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support and stay safe.