Many of the links that follow can easily be obtained using your favourite browser search mechanism, which you are encouraged to use for any topics we haven’t included. There will be some links that are rather more obscure, but hopefully still valuable. Please note that each link will open in its own webpage. Of course, we have no responsibility for any webpage outside DSF.
If there is a general topic that is not covered or you think you have found a diabetes-connected webpage that should be included on this links page, please send its address to any of the moderators using the private messaging function within the forum. Please also inform us if you find any link is out of date.
Sources of General Information
- Diabetes UK. Regarded as the main United Kingdom diabetes charity, although it is fair to say that not all UK diabetics agree with all the advice it gives.
- Netdoctor is a leading independent health-advice website which deals with diabetes. It also deals with most other illnesses.
- Ipswich and East Suffolk Volunteer group for Diabetes UK News of events, newsletter and other important information relating to this group.
- Diabetes Suffolk is a comprehensive diabetes information website, worth a visit.
- BBC Health gives a general overview of the subject.
- Diabetes Information Plus is a portal of NHS Scotland. Its home page has many links to matters of interest to diabetics.
- Diabetic-Talk.org is a slightly American-biased site, but has much information of use to UK diabetics. It’s also the home of the Diabetic-talk chatroom which is used by many of our members for real-time chat.
- What they didn’t tell you about diabetes. Lots of information on all aspects of diabetes written by a diabetic, with humour and some scepticism. She also provides anecdotal reports from the hundreds of people with diabetes who post on web bulletin boards.
- Disability Discrimination Act information.
- Royal College of General Practitioners. Guidance on the doctor/patient relationship.
Magazines and articles.
- Explanation of Hba1c with animated diagrams.
- Balance is a bi-monthly magazine, free to members of Diabetes UK
- Jennifer’s Advice is a highly regarded article from diabetic-talk.org regarding the importance of testing and how to test to achieve meaningful results.
- Diabetes UK’s position statements.
- Novo Nordisk* (Levemir, Novorapid and Novomix)
- Lilly (Humalog, Humulin)
- Wockhardt UK (Hypurin)
- Sanofi-Aventis (Apidra, Lantus)
- Insulin Pumpers website
- Byetta. Also see Diabetes Suffolk’s information on this drug.
- Netdoctor’s overview of oral medications
- Diabetic-talk.org graph of oral medications
- Metformin in detail from Patient.co.uk website
Diet and Exercise
Testing and Blood Glucose Meters
- Accu-Chek UK website
- Abbot Diabetes Care. Optium and Free-style meters.
- Link to free upgrade for One Touch Ultra meters. Please note, they don’t ask you to send the old one back!
- LifeScan UK website
- Ascensia meters (Contour and Breeze meters)
Please note, there are many brands of meters and not all are represented here.
- The Bournemouth Diabetes Team online carbohydrate counting course for T1 diabetics
Children with diabetes
- Children with Diabetes. A website specially for parents with children with diabetes. Help and support.
- Diabetic Mommy website. American website, but has interesting birth stories etc.
- Direct.gov website. “A guide for drivers with diabetes”
- DVLA advice on testing. This is a .pdf document regarding their advice on testing before and during driving. A useful link for those on insulin (or hypo inducing oral therapy) whose doctors are trying to restrict their strips.
Unwanted test strips/in-date insulin
- Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust collects unneeded, unopened, in-date insulin as well as lancets, test strips and needles to help diabetics in the developing world.