There are two main types of diabetes;
- Type 1 diabetes This is where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
- Type 2 diabetes – This is where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to insulin Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. In Fife, as with the rest of the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have Type 2.
Gestational diabetes -During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.
The Diabetes Centre at Victoria Hospital and the Carnegie Unit based in the Queen Margaret Hospital offer a variety of diabetes clinics, podiatry clinics and diabetic retinal screening for both adults and children, as well as supporting the maternity unit.
Diabetes treatment technologies
There are many ongoing developments and technologies within the field of diabetes. These include insulin pumps, closed loop systems (also known as artificial pancreas), continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), flash glucose monitoring and smartphone applications. These technologies are commonly offered at the diabetes centre with our team of experienced experts. You can read more about Insulin Pump Therapy and Freestyle Libre technology.
Paediatric Diabetes Team
The Fife Paediatric Diabetes Team is responsible for the care of children and young people with diabetes (up to age of 18 years) across Fife.
The Fife team is a mixture of doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and support workers.
The NHS Fife paediatric team have developed a mobile app which provides information about diabetes, handy links, local information and much more.
Why not download the useful Health Zone UK app? Follow the simple instructions on the Diabetes treatment technologies page.
Education is an important part of your condition as it will help you live with your condition.
Learning about your condition courses.
Phase 1 – Diabetes Conversation Maps (Type 2 only)
An education programme with an interactive broad overview of what diabetes is and how to manage your condition with diet, exercise and medication to meet individual goals and targets. The programme gives an introduction to newly diagnosed people with Type 2 Diabetes.
For more information, visit the NHS Fife information page: Conversation Maps
Phase 2 – Diabetes Explained (Type 2 only)
An education programme which will provide patients with more in-depth knowledge and skills to manage their diabetes. They will learn about the up-to-date treatments and have the opportunity to explore and address concerns that they may have with their diabetes.
Diabetes Footsteps (Type 1 and Type 2)
A patient education programme with an interactive overview of how diabetes affects the lower limbs and the impact of diabetes management on long-term foot outcomes.
See document Diabetic Footsteps
Active Options 2 (Type 1 and Type 2)
Is a physical activity programme for people in Fife who have a long term health condition. There are 4 levels of classes which are based on functional ability rather than condition.
More information on Active Options 2 can be found within NHS Fife: Physical Activity
Or by visiting the Fife Leisure website: Fife Leisure.
Diabetes Support Groups
Diabetes UK Local Groups are for people living with Diabetes; their partners, friends and family and anyone with an interest in Diabetes.
All their meetings are open and take place in various venues and areas in Fife.
There are many ways you can get involved in the work of the diabetes local voluntary groups in Fife
Diabetes Central Fife - Find out more on their website link to Diabetes Fife
Diabetes West Fife
Do you live with or have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes?
You are welcome to join the group on the last Saturday morning in March, April, May, June, - September, October and November.
They provide local support and information.
Meeting Place: Education Centre at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline Time: 10am. Meeting starts 10:30 am - finish at noon.
What to expect: There is a speaker at each meeting providing information on various topics (not always diabetes related). Tea/Coffee Chat (Most members say it is the chat with other diabetics that is the most rewarding part of the sessions).
Cost: Meetings are free but we do ask for a donation towards the cost of the tea and biscuits. Want more information? Please contact: Bob Liddle (Chairman) on 01383 728069; or Email Terry Salt (Secretary) [email protected]