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Type 1 Diabetes support

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.


DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) 

Cambridge and Huntingdon

DAFNE is a group education programme for people living with Type 1 Diabetes. The programme is delivered over 5 days (Monday to Friday) to a group of 6-8 people. The course is delivered by a doctor, diabetes specialist nurse and diabetes specialist dietitian.

Aims of the course:

  • To help people with type 1 diabetes eat what they want, when they want

  • To adjust their insulin to their lifestyles and not the other way around

  • To improve blood glucose levels, potentially reducing the risk of diabetic complications without any increase in severe hypos or low blood sugars  

DAFNE is provided by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (Addenbrooke's site) and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (Hinchingbrooke site).

Cambridge DAFNE 

Huntingdon DAFNE 

The courses are free and can be accessed via referral from your GP practice.  

PDAC (Peterborough Dose Adjustment Course) 


The course aims to help you to self manage your blood glucose levels and insulin more effectively so you feel more in control.

You will learn:

  • how to carbohydrate count so that you can adjust your insulin doses to match your meals       

  • how to prevent and manage hypos

  • what to do with your insulin when unwell, exercising or drinking alcohol        

  • strategies to help manage your psychological well being

The course runs for one day a week for 3 consecutive weeks, with a follow up day a month later. Each day runs from 9.15am—4pm

The course is run by Diabetes Specialists and is delivered in a group setting so there will be others attending who are just like you.

PDAC is provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust  

The courses are free and can be accessed via referral from your GP practice.