Advice & Guidance

Read or download Swindon Borough Council’s “Diabetes: Living With, Living Well Wellness Pack”

Newly Diagnosed: What to expect when you have just been diagnosed? What to expect with your treatment? What to expect from your ongoing care? All you need to know about Diabetes.

Dietary Advice: Balancing your diet when you are diagnosed with diabetes can be challenging. Although the food choices you make and your eating habits are important in helping you manage your diabetes, you should be able to continue enjoying a wide variety of foods as part of healthy eating.

Healthy Feet: Foot problems can affect anyone who has diabetes, whether they are being treated with insulin, tablets non-insulin injections or diet and physical activity only.

Children & Diabetes: If your child has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be feeling overwhelmed and worried, your GP will be able to provide you with information to help you and your child manage their diabetes.

Pregnancy & Diabetes: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a type of diabetes that arises during pregnancy (usually during the second or third trimester).

Hypoglycaemia: Hypoglycaemia, or hypo, is the medical term for low blood glucose levels – that is a blood glucose level of less than 4 mmol/l. This is too low to provide enough energy for your body’s activities. Hypos can happen when you are treated with insulin or some diabetes tablets.

Diabetic Eye Screening/Retinopathy: Diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy) is the most common cause of sight loss in people of working age.Diabetic eye screening is a key part of your diabetes care.

Ongoing Care: To achieve the best possible diabetes care, it is essential for you to work in partnership with your diabetes healthcare team and use your combined experience and expertise to agree what care and support you need.