Learning more about diabetes

Basic information booklets are available for patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes booklet

Type 2 diabetes booklet

The NHS Lothian Diabetes website has a number of additional sources of information.

In addition to the information provided in the other sections of this website, a number of external sources of information are available, as described below:


My Diabetes My Way

As well as providing secure personal access to your diabetes clinic letters and results, 'My Diabetes My Way' is a source of high quality information regarding all aspects of diabetes care.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Link to 'My Diabetes My Way'


Living It Up

A video resource produced by NHS Scotland for people with type 2 diabetes.

Link to 'living it up'


Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the leading diabetes charity in the United Kingdom.  Its serves an important role in supporting education for both patients and medical professionals, as well as funding diabetes research.  The Diabetes UK website is a very good source of high quality information:

Link to Diabetes UK website


BDEC E-learning programme

This is an online education programme for people with type 1 diabetes, developed by the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre (BDEC).  It focuses on insulin dose adjustment and carbohydrate counting and is a valuable resource for patients who are unable to attend our local DAFNE courses:

Link to the Bournemouth Diabetes Course



‘Uptodate’ is a high-quality source of medical information primarily designed for medical professionals.  However, there are a few brief patient information sections, covering basic topics in diabetes:

Link to UpToDate


Exercise and diabetes

‘RunSweet’ is a website offering advice on participating in sports for people with diabetes:

Link to RunSweet


Dependency (computer game)

A computer game which introduces ideas of how to adjust treatment to deal with exercise and other situations.

Link to Dependency game


Patient support*

 A number of networks have been created by patients with diabetes. 

‘Just DUK 1T’ is a site providing support for young people with type 1 diabetes:

Link to 'Just DUK 1T'

‘Type 1s in Lothians’ is a Facebook group for people living in Lothians with type 1diabetes:

Search Facebook:  Type 1s in Lothians 


Please contact us, using the tool at the bottom of the page, if you have a suggestion for a patient support service you would like included on the ECED website.

*These sites are not officially endorsed by, or affiliated with, the Edinburgh Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology.