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Study: Importance of diabetes education

Better diabetes education could lead to improved self-management and psychological wellbeing, a study has found. 

Presented today at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the results show that more than a quarter (26%) of people in the UK have never attended a diabetes education programme. 

But 80% of people who have participated in such a programme found it valuable. 

The study represents opinions from more than 15,000 people either living with diabetes or caring for someone with the condition across 17 countries. 

Ingrid Willaing the study lead, hopes the results can “pave the way” for improving access to diabetes education. 

She said: “[Our study] shows that education plays a vital role in improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for people with diabetes.” 

The study also found that while approximately one in ten healthcare professionals (11%) have received training in the management of psychological aspects of diabetes, more than half (55%) stated they would like to receive more training in this area.