X-Pert Diabetes Education
Type 2 diabetes the most common form of diabetes (90%), develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight and usually appears in people over the age of 40, although in South Asian and African-Caribbean people, this can appear as young as 25. However, type 2 diabetes is on the increase among adults and children, with some children as young as seven being diagnosed.
Wolves Community Trust offers the X-PERT programme, a 6 week structured education programme for people with type 2 diabetes in the Wolverhampton area. This course aims to provide attendees with a greater understanding of diabetes and how to manage the condition more effectively.
The content covers a wide range of topics relating to the management of diabetes as well as allowing participants the opportunity to discuss and address issues relating to their diabetes care.
The programme has been shown to improve diabetes control, reduce diabetes medication, increase self-management skills, and improve lifestyle and quality of life. The course content includes;
Week 1 - What is Diabetes?
Digestion and blood glucose. Healthy lifestyle for looking after diabetes. Exploring medications and how they work. Health results - what do they mean?
Week 2 - Weight Management
Healthy eating with the "Eatwell Plate". Energy Balance. The benefits of physical activity.
Week 3 - Carbohydrate (starches and sugars)
An important nutrient in diabetes. The quantity (amount) and quality (type) of carbohydrate foods. What carbohydrates are you having?
Week 4 - Reading & understanding food labels.
Looking at the foods you buy. Understanding the traffic light system, guideline daily amounts (GDAs) and nutritional labels. Dispelling the myths.
Week 5 - Possible complications of diabetes
Low and high blood glucose levels. Possible complications of diabetes & prevention. Importance of regular check ups. Special considerations when living with diabetes.
Week 6 - Are you an X-PERT Game.
Questions and Answers. Comments and feedback.
A comment from one participant;
"I think the main thing is that you've got rid of this myth that people with diabetes can only eat certain types of food, but we can't, we can eat anything we want in moderation as long as we're sensible about it. It's not a diet. It's a healthy way of living and a healthy way of life."