Managing your diet, lifestyle and medication is important in the treatment of diabetes. This will allow you to get on with what matters to you.
You may have already made some changes to your diet and lifestyle, based on information you have been given or found. This is one of the most important things you can do to stay in the best of health. You are the person who will decide how to look after your diabetes, along with help from family or friends and your healthcare team.
Dietitians are experts in nutrition. They apply science and evidence to your individual circumstances. They aim to prevent or treat disease and improve your health and wellbeing. They will work with you to explore what matters to you most. A plan will be formed that will support you to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Referrals to the department are made by a Consultant, GP, or other Health Care Professional.
What to expect
Following referral, we will have an initial conversation with you. We will ask you questions about your eating and drinking habits and if there has been any recent changes in your weight to help assess your nutritional status. We will then work with you to explore what matters to you most. A plan will be formed that will support you to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices, to help treat or prevent disease. We aim to provide accessible information when needed. We tailor our advice to meet the needs of the individual. The type of appointment may vary according to your needs and may be any of the following:
- Telephone call
- Video call (Near Me)
- Clinic appointment
- Home visit/Care Home
All requests for assistance will be reviewed and may lead to signposting to other services.
My Diabetes My Way
www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk is an easy-to-use NHS Scotland service that helps you manage living with diabetes. Information is provided about many diabetes topics. You can register to access information about your healthcare results.
There are also online courses (www.elearning.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk ) which explain in more detail about different types of diabetes, what it might mean for your health and what you can do to manage it. There are sections to work through at your own pace. These are highly recommended.
www.diabetes.org.uk or phone 03451232399
This website offers the biggest range of information for people living with all types of diabetes. We suggest you visit the “Learning Zone”.
Diabetes UK Scotland helpline 0141 212 8710
Fife Adult Type 1 Diabetes App
NHS Fife have developed their own Type 1 diabetes app which includes a section on food and diabetes. There are PDF information leaflets to download plus video links.
Follow the instructions below to download the app.
- Firstly download HealthZone UK app from App store (Apple) or Play store (Android)
- Search for Fife Adult Type 1 diabetes
This is good if you prefer not to read through a lot of information. These videos have been available free during the coronovirus pandemic. Pages 1-4 include the topics of interest to someone new to diabetes. The videos have been made for the health service in Wales so information about services may be slightly different in Scotland.
Through these diabetes pages there are many NHS Fife generated patient information leaflets.
There are also details of dates of local diabetes events, when these resume after the pandemic, held at several sites across Fife.