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Tuesday, 18th January 2022

Free online education programme for people with Type 2 diabetes

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Kieran O’ Leary, CEO, Diabetes Ireland (left) with Sinead Powell, Senior Dietician, Diabetes Ireland and Owen Treacy from Novo Nordisk, pictured unveiling “Diabetes Smart” a free online education programme for people living with Type 2 diabetes. Photo: Robbie Reynolds.

Diabetes Ireland, with support from Novo Nordisk, have developed a free interactive online education platform called Diabetes Smart which is available at

This free interactive programme has been updated to meet the increasing demand for supports from people with Type 2 diabetes who want to learn more about their condition and how to manage it effectively.

Due to the significant burden placed on GP’s and the health care system over the last two years because of the Covid 19 pandemic, many people with Type 2 diabetes have not had regular review appointments with their GP or their diabetes team.

Diabetes Smart will give those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes the opportunity to educate themselves about their condition and how to manage it effectively no matter how long they have been living with the condition. 

The programme has been developed by diabetes healthcare professionals to support a busy lifestyle and participants can pause their interactive learning at any stage of the journey and resume with ease. It is a great educational tool for GP’s and health professionals to promote to their patients.  

 According to the 2021 Healthy Ireland survey, diabetes is the third most diagnosed condition in Ireland, and it is expected that the number of people with Type 2 diabetes will increase by 60% over the next 10-15 years.

Type 2 diabetes has a profound impact on the quality of life of people living with the condition. People with Type 2 diabetes also run a greater risk of developing one or more severe health complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, blindness, and lower limb amputation, which can greatly impact their independence and quality of life. 

However, through effective management strategies people living with Type 2 diabetes can significantly improve their health and reduce the risk of developing more severe health issues and potentially even reverse their condition and protect their future health.  

Sinead Powell, Senior Dietitian, Regional Development Officer (Northeast Area), Diabetes Ireland said: “...The pandemic has meant that some people living with Type 2 diabetes have felt more isolated or have had restricted or reduced access to healthcare professionals.

“This free educational resource provides support and advice to people in the comfort of their own homes. It uses real-life stories of people living with Type 2 diabetes to guide users in managing and taking control of their condition, so they can approach their diagnosis with a sense of purpose and help them formulate their own treatment goals.”  

The Diabetes Smart programme contains six interactive modules, covering topics that explains what diabetes is, understanding the key medical information such as blood glucose levels, managing illness, and provides lots of tips on healthy eating and getting active. The course can be completed whenever and wherever suits can be paused, and continued at any time, and is accessible via a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.  

Take a step to protect your health today and visit Diabetes Smart Online at to find out how you can manage Type 2 diabetes or learn more about how to support someone living with this chronic condition. 

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