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DESMOND

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What is DESMOND?

DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a patient education programme for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The aim of the course is to support people with diabetes to gain  a better understanding of their condition.

The DESMOND course has been developed from a well-tested educational model and is provided in many centres across the National Health Service.

What Will I Learn?

The DESMOND teaching programme has been developed specifically for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and covers topics such as food choices, physical activity, and the use of medicines to treat diabetes. With the guidance of DESMOND-trained diabetes specialist nurses and dietitians, participants are encouraged to consider their personal risk factors for diabetes-related complications and to set their own goals to manage these risks.

How Will I Benefit?

Research has shown that people who complete the DESMOND programme benefit because:

  • They have a greater chance of losing weight.
  • They are more likely to give up smoking.
  • They have a better understanding of their condition.

In fact, there is such good evidence that the DESMOND course is beneficial to participants that the Government recommends that everyone with type 2 diabetes should be offered a place on a DESMOND course through the NHS.

How Can I Find Out More?

More information on the DESMOND programme, including personal accounts from participants, is available online here.

 

 

Features

Food choices

Food choices
Description:
Much of the dietary advice that is recommended for people with diabetes is similar to that for the rest of the population.

Glucose control

Glucose control
Description:
The health risks posed by diabetes can be reduced by taking steps to control levels of glucose in the bloodstream.