My Diabetes My Way: November 2017 Update

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

Keep Well in Winter

Keep well in the winter - be prepared! Illness can upset your blood glucose levels. Colds and flu may increase your blood glucose levels and vomiting & diarrhoea bugs can lead to low blood glucose levels - as well as significant dehydration. Take precautions and see your GP for a free flu vaccination this winter. If you do become unwell, see our "sick day rules" below.

Sick Day Rules for Type 1 Diabetes: www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/resources/leaflets/SickDayRulesForType1.asp

Sick Day Rules for Type 2 Diabetes: www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/resources/leaflets/SickDayRulesForType2.asp

My Diabetes My Way is Changing...

My Diabetes My Way has been running in Scotland since 2008 and over the last few months we have been working on a significant update. We have redesigned the website to make it more accessible and usable on mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc) and to make it easier for you to find the information you need to manage your diabetes.

You will still be able to access all of the information resources, and you can still view your diabetes records online, but the service will look more modern and will be more responsive. We are interested in hearing your views on this update and will provide links to our test site and a feedback form for your comments in our December update.

Diabetes and Pregnancy

When considering pregnancy, please plan this in advance and discuss with your health care team to ensure that you and your baby have the best outcome. Pre-pregnancy health checks are essential. Your healthcare professional will:

  • Carry out eye & kidney checks - pregnancy can make existing complications worse
  • Advise you on a personalised HbA1c target to achieve before pregnancy and support you in achieving this
  • Review medication to ensure that it is safe to use in pregnancy. For example, cholesterol medication and certain blood pressure treatments are not recommended when pregnant
  • Ensure you receive a prescription for Folic Acid (5 mg per day) to be started before you become pregnant and taken until the 12th week to prevent neural tube defects needs such as spina bifida
  • Refer you to a specialist diabetes medical obstetrics clinic to be closely monitored and supported once pregnant

The following link contains further information:http://patientsafety.health.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/nhsdiabetessaferleaflet.pdf

Thank you for your continued support.

The mydiabetes*myway team

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