An education programme benefitting a diabetes patient

A six-week education programme has dramatically improved the life of E C, who has lived with diabetes for almost 20 years.

EC, 71, from Leeds, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1992 but over recent years had found it increasingly difficult to control his condition. Consequently his insulin was increased and he continued to struggle with his weight and overall health.

EC commented:

“My weight over recent years had become a real issue and my condition was starting to seriously affect my health. I thought I knew everything about diabetes and at the time believed insulin was the main solution to controlling it. Even though I’ve lived with the diabetes for so long, it had started to spiral out of control and I became increasingly worried about the direction my health was heading.”

It wasn’t until January this year that EC was enrolled, via a referral by his doctor, on to the X-PERT Diabetes Programme. X-PERT is a self-management course educating people how to live with their condition on a day-to-day basis.

Within two months E has reduced his insulin intake by more than half and lost half a stone purely through developing his knowledge, skills and confidence in how to manage diabetes through the six-week course, led by two X-PERT Diabetes Educators from the NHS Leeds Community Healthcare Diabetes Team.

EC recently completed the X-PERT Diabetes Programme in Leeds run jointly by the Community Diabetes Dietitian and Diabetes Specialist Nurse and comments: “I can’t believe how much my health has improved since beginning the course – it has literally changed my life.

“I didn’t think I could learn more about a condition I have lived with for such a long time, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Simply being educated on how to understand and live with diabetes has given me a new lease of life and shown me that it’s the simple things such as monitoring my diet properly that I have taken for granted over the past 20 years.

“I’m thrilled that I’ve reduced my insulin intake by more than half as it has completely revolutionised my way of living and it’s proof that with the right attitude and approach to diabetes anyone can improve their condition, well-being and long-term health.”