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Type 1 Diabetes

For up to date information for people living with diabetes and the Coronavirus, please visit Diabetes UK.

What is Type 1 diabetes?

  • Type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high. 
  • It happens when your body can't produce enough of a hormone called insulin, which controls blood glucose.
  • You need daily injections of insulin to keep your blood glucose levels under control.


Managing Type 1 diabetes can take time to get used to, but you can still do all the things you enjoy. These pages are here to help. We have also produced a series of informative videos which you can watch HERE.

Type 1 diabetes isn't linked with age or being overweight; this is Type 2 diabetes.

For more information about Type 1 diabetes, please visit Diabetes UK or the NHS webpage.

Newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes? 

When you are first diagnosed you will probably feel a whole mix of emotions. You will also have a lot of new things to learn and you may have a lot of questions you need to ask.

You are welcome to phone or email West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service for support and advice whenever you need any questions answered.

For your next steps, take a look at this leaflet

Interested in how you can access Freestyle Libre sensors on NHS? Take a look at our handout.

Interested in learning how to adjust your insulin for food and lifestyle or need a refresher? Try this carbohydrate counting e-learning course: Bertie Online.

Type 1 diabetes resources

Watch our series of short, informative videos HERE .

For a summary of links and further information on how to manage Type 1 diabetes, please see the Type 1 resources leaflet HERE.

It can be very helpful to keep a diary of your food intake and your associated glucose meter readings for a week or so (called a 'Discovery Sheet'), prior to your appointments with the Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Dietitian. You can download the Discovery Sheet template HERE.

Need a replacement reader for Freestyle Libre 2?

You can now order a replacement reader for Freestyle Libre 2 on the Freestyle Libre website:

Forms for Type 1 education courses

Click here to download the DDS-17 Questionnaire.

Click here to download the Hypo Awareness Clarke Score Questionnaire.

Click here to download the iTalk Questionnaire.

Click here to download the Freestyle Libre pre-assessment form.

Click here to download the Exercise Homework sheet.

Click here to download the type 1 diabetes newly diagnosed checklist.

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