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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.




Food choices

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