Type 1 Diabetes

These patients often have difficulty adjusting to the reality that they have a condition which will affect the rest of their lives. They may be in denial that they have anything different about them from their friends. So they try to live a normal life, ignoring much of the medical advice given to them to help them live as normal a life as possible, and result in hospital admissions, and a poor quality of life. Typical of these is Josh in the video below.

A similar situation can be found in part of this video from the Western Isles of Scotland: In each of these cases, Flo sent text messages to help establish a routine with the patient.

A reflective video of a patient’s thoughts as a type 1 diabetic can be found in the video on social media below.

Furthermore, below there is a video of a specialist nurse monitoring her diabetic patient via Skype, with readings sent to her from Flo, which helps her to have an understanding of how the patient is managing over time.

It is likely that technology will play a greater part in helping this group of patients to control their diabetes, as insulin pumps improve, and there are better ways of monitoring their blood glucose.

Patients may be reviewed by video consultation, such as Skype, where appropriate. See more information about Skype in ‘TECS in Use

The Diabetes UK forum is a useful source of information from other people who have diabetes, as well as Diabetes UK’s main site. and there are reliable apps in the NHS apps library, which is expanding as more apps are tested by them.