Diabetes is a life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly.
Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive long-term medical condition. Managing Type 2 diabetes involves lifestyle changes, and treatment can be complex. The LEEDS Programme helps to improve your knowledge and skills and also help to motivate you to take control of your condition and self-manage it effectively. We see this as part of your ongoing treatment.
Week 1 - Explores ‘what is diabetes’, blood results, medications and their action
Week 2 - Healthy lifestyles including diet, exercise and alcohol
Week 3 - Keeping healthy (preventing complications) with a focus on individual goal setting.
The programme has been designed in line with NICE guidance for structured education, Diabetes UK recommendations and is QISMET approved (a national quality standard).
Mizbah, 37, attended the course at Halton Clinic and her diabetes is now in remission after she was diagnosed in February this year.
She said: “Learning about the science behind diabetes, and about how the way you think about it can affect you, was really interesting and very informative.
"Listening to the dietitian and other people who have diabetes sharing their experiences was very valuable.
"It was a supportive group with a relaxed
"The biggest thing I took away was - ‘everything in moderation’. I have my good days and I have my ‘cheat days’. I make better choices now, I have tried new foods and I’m more active than I was before.
"I know it can be done because my diabetes is now in remission.”
Michael, 57, attended the course in Woodhouse and said The LEEDS Programme transformed his understanding of diabetes.
He said: “The course was absolutely brilliant.
“After 15 years of being diabetic, I learnt more in three sessions than in the previous 15 years.
“I have found advice about healthy eating invaluable as well as how insulin works and how to manage my medication.
“By putting it all together and using the strategies they have told me about, I have definitely noticed the difference.”
If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:
To access and complete the FFT click here >
To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >
If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >
The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.