Carers Corner

Introduction – Carers Corner
Some facts about carers in general
Financial Help
Carers and Diabetes
Tips for Carers
A Message for Healthcare professionals
Carers and hypoglycaemia
Respite Care

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Introduction – Carers Corner

IDDT is a charity concerned with listening to the needs of people who live with diabetes, understanding those needs and doing its utmost to offer help and support. We not only try to help those who actually have diabetes, but also their family carers – the husbands, wives, partners and parents. We all live with diabetes and we recognise that when one member of the family has diabetes, it affects all the other family members to a greater or lesser extent. Family carers have views and needs, they may well be different from those of the person with diabetes, but nevertheless, they are valid and important.

Note: Parents of children with diabetes are very special sorts of carers and if you are a parent then you should visit the section ‘Parents and Family‘.

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Carers Direct on NHS Choices is a comprehensive, award winning resource for carers of all kinds. To find out more, please visit the NHS Choices website:

NHS Choices: Carers Direct

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HbA1c Converter

This is just to remind you that the HbA1c measurements have changed. Well, they were supposed to change everywhere but predictably this doesn't appear to be the case. Some people and some articles are still using the old measurements so it is important that we are aware of both.

Here is a table showing the current DCCT measurements, the proposed new IFCC measurements, and the average blood glucose measurements you can expect to be associated with each particular level of HbA1c

HbA1c (DCCT) Current measurement (%)

HbA1c (IFCC) Measurement from June 2011 (mmol/mol)

Average blood glucose level for this HbA1c, mmol/L

6

42

7.0 (range 5.5-8.5)

7

53

8.6 (range 6.8-10.3)

8

64

10.2 (range 8.1-12.1)

9

75

11.8 (range 9.4-13.9)

10

86

13.4 (range 10.7-15.7)

11

97

14.9 (range 12.0-17.5)

12

108

16.5 (range 13.3-19.3)

13

119

18.6 (range 14.6-21.1)