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Diabetes essentials

Diabetes is a common condition affecting all aspects of an individual’s life. Associated complications can be costly and have a significant affect on the person's quality of life. With the help and support of nursing staff the condition can be managed. Self-management skills are an essential part of diabetes care for every patient.

Nursing staff working at all levels are at the forefront in delivering this care and are key to promoting self-management skills. To the diabetes patient the nursing team are the people who link all aspects of their diabetes care, signposting them to further assistance if required.

Being at the forefront of care you are ideally placed to spot symptoms of poor self-management early on and even the first signs of diabetes within a patient. This resource is designed to provide an overview of: