My Diabetes My Way: September 2016 Update

Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for September 2016.

Looking After Your Feet

This month's newsletter will focus on how to look after your feet. The following are 5 key steps to maintaining good foot health and reducing your risk of diabetes foot complications:

  • 1. Attend your annual foot check appointment. It's just as important as your eye screening appointment.
  • 2. Check your feet daily for any changes
  • 3. Assess the sensation in your toes by doing the Touch the Toes test: www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Guide%20to%20diabetes/monitoring/Touch-the-toes-test.0812.pdf
  • 4. Avoid using corn plasters, sharp blades or poor fitting shoes.
  • 5. Contact your diabetes healthcare professional at the first sign of problems with your feet.

You can find further information on foot care, and other complications associated with diabetes, on the main My Diabetes My Way information website: www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/Mycomplications/DiabetesLongTermComplication/default.asp

Free Online Type 2 Diabetes Education Course

The University of Dundee, in conjunction with My Diabetes My Way, the International Diabetes Federation and Diabetes Scotland have launched a free online course for Type 2 diabetes: "The Diabetes Epidemic - a Patient-Centred Approach"

This runs until Sunday 2nd October and may be of interest to patients and carers. You can join the course here: www.futurelearn.com/courses/diabetes-epidemic/1

Self-management Week

This year, self-management week will be held from 3rd-7th October 2016. Self management is about people living with long-term conditions being in 'the driving seat'. It supports and helps people to live their lives better, on their terms. To find out more and to get involved, please click the link below: smns.alliance-scotland.org.uk/2016/07/top-10-ways-to-get-involved-in-self-management-week-2016

Thank you for your continued support.

The mydiabetes*myway team

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