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Updated Simple Language Guides

Updated Simple Language Guides for Insulin Pumps, Pens and Continuous Glucose Monitors for People with Type 1 Diabetes and Instructors, in English and Spanish​

 

You may have noticed a new tab Simple Guide heading tab on our website. Our team has recently expanded the scope of the Guide’s target audience to include a set for teens and pediatric patients. There is also a new set on the use of insulin pens, how to use a CGM to manage diabetes better and all the Guides have been updated. We also made a set of guides in mmol, which are for people in Canada and Europe where the units for glucose (and other substances) are different. Additionally, we created training manuals for people who conduct diabetes education.

 

These Guides were created with the help of a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and advice from our patient and community advisors. The group was able to develop a series of simple language guides that introduced the basics of how insulin pens, pumps and CGMs work and described how people with diabetes could improve their diabetes treatment.

 

We recently published an article showing the results of using our guides in our East LA population.  We found that they helped our patients feel better about their diabetes and it reduced rates of DKA.

 

Our guides have received national prominence and will be hosted on the American Diabetes Association websites, both for consumers as well as for providers.  And although these guides were written with our under-resourced patients in mind, they are helpful for any patients who want a quick introduction to a new technology option. Additionally, they can help when explaining a diabetes device to a caregiver, teacher, friend or family member.

 

The guides are available in simple English and Spanish and there are separate guides for adults, teens and children. These guides are free to download use and share. Look for the new Simple Guide tab and see if these Guides could be useful in your life.

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