An updated guide to Type 2 diabetes aimed at people who have a learning disability is now available to download from the Diabetes UK website. The booklet has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
The booklet came about as part of an ongoing research project called OK Diabetes based at the University of Leeds, aimed at helping people with a mild to moderate learning disability manage their Type 2 diabetes.
The research team worked with CHANGE, a human rights organisation led by disabled people, and Diabetes UK to update the booklet and make it more relevant and easier to understand.
Tracy Kelly, Head of Care at Diabetes UK, said: “We are pleased that the booklet is current and is tailored for people who have learning disabilities to use as part of their standard diabetes care. We hope it will provide them with the information they need to manage their condition well.”
Dr Amy Russell, OK Diabetes Research Co-ordinator, said: “The people with learning disabilities we interviewed struggled to understand technical language and detailed explanations about things like their pancreas. They wanted a physical booklet they could hold on to that told them what diabetes meant to them in their lives in clear terms.”
The booklet is also a good way to introduce the topic of Type 2 diabetes to people who may not have English as their first language or who may struggle with complex information.
The research team who worked on the booklet are engaged in research into how best to support people who have a learning disability and Type 2 diabetes.
For more information on the research go to www.tinyurl.com/okdiabetes