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SEPTEMBER  9th 2020

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flu jab and diabetes

Get your free flu jab to help you stay healthy


With flu season just around the corner, it’s vitally important that everyone living with diabetes gets their flu jab as soon as possible. If you’re living with diabetes, you’re more at risk of getting the flu – and if you catch it, it can make your diabetes harder to manage. Getting the flu jab is the best way to protect yourself against the flu and reduce your risk of needing to go into hospital – which is even more important this year in light of coronavirus. It’s completely free for people living with diabetes, and can be booked via your GP or some local pharmacies.

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Research and remission

Our research is making remission a reality


You might have seen the headlines last week about the launch of a new NHS low calorie diet programme to help more people put their type 2 diabetes into remission. This wouldn’t have been possible without the research we fund into remission and the results of our groundbreaking DiRECT study. Remission can be truly life-changing, and we’re delighted that, because of our research, it can now be a reality for more people.

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Diabetes care

Has coronavirus changed your diabetes care?


Take our quick survey to share your experiences since the beginning of the pandemic. You'll be helping us to focus our campaigning where it’s needed most. Right now, we’re urging the NHS to keep people with diabetes updated about the plans for diabetes care in their area in the coming weeks and months.


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Try this recipe

Your new favourite vegetable soup with French pesto


Warm, nutritious, colourful and delicious - what more could you want from a bowl of soup? Shared with us by WW (Weight Watchers UK), this healthy green soup is made with chicken, Borlotti beans and plenty of greens. It's low in fat and salt, and packed with protein - making it a great balanced meal. So grab your spoon and tuck in.

Try the recipe


Month of Miles

Take on our brand new running challenge


Running is a great way to improve your physical and mental health. So, whether you're a seasoned runner or you've just bought your first pair of trainers, why not join us for a Month of Miles this October? It’s free to sign up and tailored to you - you choose your own distance and run at your own pace, however and wherever you want. And we’ll be with you every mile of the way.


Sign up


Shop our Christmas range

Christmas comes early!

Shop our festive range  


You might be wondering why we're talking about Christmas already when it’s only September - but imagine how great it’ll feel if you beat the rush and sort your gifts early this year! Visit our online shop today to explore our new Christmas range (including advent calendars, cards and gifts) and get 10% off using code XMAS20. Remember - every penny you spend goes to support people with diabetes.




You can find updated coronavirus information here. You can also find helpful tips on staying well at home here, and download your free guide about managing diabetes at home.


Need to talk? Our helpline is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Give us a call on 0345 123 2399. If you'd like to share experiences and chat to other people affected by diabetes, join our online forum.


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NEWS FROM mydiabetes*myway 


my diabetes my way, the interactive diabetes website                      


Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for August 2020.


Heart, Circulation and Blood Pressure Health

September is Vascular Awareness Month and this period will also cover Blood Pressure UK’s “Know Your Numbers Week” from 7-13th September. To support both these initiatives, My Diabetes My Way are promoting awareness of heart, circulation and blood pressure health.

The good news is we can all do something to reduce our risk of vascular problems, whether this is related to the heart, brain or circulation in your feet. Make sure you have your HbA1c, cholesterol and blood pressure checked at least once a year. My Diabetes My Way and the interactive resources can support you in knowing your numbers and how to interpret them.

You can check any tests that are overdue by logging in to access your data and selecting “My Reports” then “15 Care Measures”. This report shows you how many of Diabetes UK’s 15 Healthcare Essentials you have achieved in the last year. You can read more about these tests here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/15-healthcare-essentials/what-are-the-15-healthcare-essentials


For more information from My Diabetes My Way:

Heart Disease, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Diabetes: https://www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/Content.aspx?id=46

More information is also available from the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK:

How a Healthy Heart Works: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/how-a-healthy-heart-works

Preventing Heart Disease: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/publications/preventing-heart-disease

Diabetes and Blood Pressure: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/blood-pressure


Free Online Diabetes Courses

Free online courses are now available for people with Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes at https://elearning.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk. These courses are provided by MyWay Digital Health and have been developed in collaboration with the University of Dundee and the University of Edinburgh. To brush up on your diabetes self-management during COVID-19, register a username and password to get going.

Please note, this service is not connected to myaccount, so you will be asked to create a new account to access eLearning. Your myaccount details will work as normal to allow you to access your diabetes records.


Facebook and Twitter

Please remember, you can keep up-to-date with the latest news and useful information on the My Diabetes My Way Facebook and Twitter pages.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mydiabetesmyway

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mydiabetesmyway


My Diabetes My Way Admin

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, it is taking us longer to collect mail, create new enrolment packs and send out registration paperwork for you to access your diabetes records. We are currently processing enrolment packs in batches every two weeks, but we are now happy for you to email us back a photo or scanned copy of your signed form to avoid any further delays.


Help and Support

If you have not yet managed to gain access to your diabetes records on My Diabetes My Way, or would like an update on the status of your registration, please let us know. You can contact us regarding any problems or request further help and support by emailing: mydiabetesmyway@nhs.net

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe.

The mydiabetes*myway team




Twitter: @MyDiabetesMyWay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mydiabetesmyway

Mailbox 6, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY

Psychological Support for People with Type 1 Diabetes

A new research project is looking for people with Type 1 who could benefit from some Psychological Support.

Have a look at the video and the information leaflet. 

‚ÄčInterested? Contact Greta Somaini  at the Royal Holloway University of London.

Email: Greta.somaini.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk  or  Phone: 07396606548

Watch the video here: https://vimeo.com/435873121 

Read the Information Leaflet here



This website is not able to give medical advice about diabetes, or how to deal with the Corona Virus.

For the latest advice on Diabetes and the Corona Virus click this link https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 


Scotland: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ or www.nhsinform.scot/

We do have a great helpline service for Scotland which can give you advice.

Here is the link for contact details.





Managing Prescribed Sharps Safely

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and significant demand being placed on local pharmacies, it may not be possible for them to take prescribed sharps waste.  In this case, we would ask that you retain your sharps waste safely within your home.

Please ensure that you:

  • Do not overfill the sharps waste container and seal when the recommended level is reached.
  • Store filled and sealed containers safely at home until community pharmacies can accept the waste again.
  • Do not put sharps waste into your household waste.

Patients can obtain additional empty sharps waste containers from their community pharmacy.

If you are unable to store this waste safely at home or do not have someone who can help you to store this safely, please contact: Pharmacy Services - 01383 565351 

Further information is also available on the NHS Fife Coronavirus website -  https://coronavirus.nhsfife.org/

How to contact Helpline Scotland

Call 0141 212 8710*, Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm
Email: helpline.scotland@diabetes.org.uk

*Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles should be included in free call packages. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes. If a Diabetes UK member of staff or volunteer has concerns about your own or someone else’s safety and well-being, the concern may be reported to the Diabetes UK Safeguarding Team and external safeguarding authorities’.



Details of Next Meeting will be announced in due course.


We provide local support and information.

Meeting PlaceEducation Centre at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline

Time10am. Meeting starts 10:30 am - finish at noon.

What to expectThere is a speaker at each meeting providing information on various topics (not always diabetes related). Tea/Coffee/Chat

(Most of our members say it is the chat with other diabetics that is the most rewarding part of the sessions).

CostOur meetings are free but we do ask for a donation towards the cost of the tea & biscuits.

Want more information? Email  diabeteswestfife@outlook.com

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Details of Next Meeting will be announced in due course.

Central Fife Voluntary Group Open Meetings are normally held in the Lecture Theatre in the Education Centre Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy. Time - 10am for 10:30am until 12 noon approx.

When meetings resume details will be posted on this website.



Mobile App

The My Diabetes My Way app is now available on iOS and Android. Patients can register, or access their data directly on mobile smartphones and tablets. The guide is available to explain the process: HERE

Presentation to West Fife Group (Prof Taylor)

Presentation to West Fife Group (Prof Dillon)

Our Scottish Charity Registration Number 

 Diabetes UK, Scotland is a Scottish Charity... No. SCO39136 : Website Administrator - Ian Sloan - email: dukfife@gmail.com 
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