DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating)
For people with type 1 diabetes, DAFNE is a five day course with a half day group follow up two months after the course.
DAFNE has been running for over 10 years nationally and has been available in Worcestershire since Autumn 2010. DAFNE is available in different locations across the county. There is a choice of attending a course for 5 consecutive days (Monday to Friday 9.15- 4.45) or attending one day a week for 5 weeks.
DAFNE involves a lot of learning through practice and sharing experiences with the group. You will gain confidence to adjust your quick acting insulin according to your carbohydrate intake. During the week there is the opportunity to gain a lot of practical skills relating to carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment. In addition there are sessions covering all aspects of diabetes including insulin action and injection technique, blood glucose monitoring, management of hypoglycaemia and illness, travel and driving, physical activity and goal setting.
The DAFNE approach involves testing blood glucose before each meal and calculating quick acting insulin doses according to your blood glucose level and carbohydrate intake. It is an intensive yet flexible approach. If you are unsure if this approach is right for you please contact us for further information. X-PERT Insulin is an alternative option for people who feel they cannot commit to the DAFNE approach.
Each DAFNE course is run by two trained DAFNE educators one of whom is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse and the other being a Specialist Diabetes Dietitian. A DAFNE trained Doctor also participates in the course.