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Diabetes Awareness


More than 3.2 million people in the UK now have diabetes. This course will give people an awareness of diabetes, and is suitable for anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of what diabetes is, how it is managed, and what causes it.


This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of diabetes, including:

  • Carers, parents and professional organisations
  • Local authority staff and other local authority partner organisations
  • Health staff 
  • Education staff

About this course

The course is split into four modules:

  • An Introduction to Diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes


In this course you will:

  • Know what diabetes is
  • Why having high blood sugar levels is bad
  • What Type 1 diabetes is
  • The common symptoms and dangers of Type 1 diabetes
  • What the main challenge for those with Type 1 diabetes is
  • Learn about the diet for Type 1 diabetics
  • How to treat a diabetic emergency
  • The challenges for carers and the wider family
  • What Type 2 diabetes is
  • The differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • What causes Type 2 diabetes
  • The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes
  • What increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • The short and long term complications of Type 2 diabetes
  • Helping someone with pre-diabetes
  • Lifestyle interventions and the best way to lose weight
  • The essential examinations and tests for a diabetic
  • Diabetes and older people
  • Diabetes and young people
  • What gestational diabetes is
  • Content

    Here are some of the topics covered in the modules:

    Basic differences between two types of diabetes and causes; the dangers of diabetes; what diabetes is and how it affects the body; how to spot the onset of diabetes; how to respond to a diabetic emergency; what the special challenges are for carers; identify signs and symptoms of hypo and hyper glycaemia; prevention; what gestational diabetes is.