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Doing a type 1 diabetes course


Due to COVID-19, face to face courses are paused for the moment but support is available. Contact your GP or your diabetes care team for information on what supports are available to you.

Diabetes courses are encouraged for everyone with type 1 diabetes. It does not matter how long you have been diagnosed.

Evidence shows people who have been on a course have more stable blood glucose (sugar) levels and fewer complications. Many people who have attended these courses describe them as 'life changing'.

There are different ways to do a course. There are benefits whatever way you choose to learn, and courses are free.

Talk to your diabetes team about what's available in your area.

Face-to-face course

Face-to-face courses, like dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE), focus on learning how to count carbs and adjust insulin.

You learn in a small group and meet people going through the same things as you who are also living with diabetes. This can give you support during and after the course.

Courses usually run for 5 days.

You'll learn about:

A course can help you:

  • feel more confident about managing your diabetes
  • get better control of your blood glucose levels
  • be more flexible with your food and drink

Speak to your diabetes team about what courses are available to you locally.

Online course

Learning online means you can do it at your own pace and at a time that suits you. You can leave and come back at any time.

You pick the subjects you want to learn and do as many as you like. This might be useful if you have just been diagnosed and there's a lot to take in, or you have already done a course but need a refresher.

Online courses are designed for everyone with any level of computer skills. You can do it on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Try these online courses:

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2020
Next review due: 1 August 2023

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 9.