Understanding Type 1

Understanding Type 1
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This course, Understanding Type 1, is an introductory course that provides information about living with diabetes. Aimed at anyone diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it focuses on what diabetes is, how it is treated, complications that may occur, as well as what you can do to keep yourself healthy. The topic list (to the right) will give you an idea of all the information covered.

There are 2 other course, ‘Growing Up with Type 1’ and ‘Living with Type 1 Diabetes’  that may be a useful follow on from this course. The ‘Living with Type 1 Diabetes’ course covers topics related to daily living such as driving, alcohol, physical activity, holidays and more. ‘Growing up with Type 1’ is aimed at teenagers and young people living with type 1 facing new experiences such as drinking alcohol, attending festivals, employment and smoking.

This course covers a variety of different topics, some may be more relevant to you than others.  It includes information written by healthcare professionals and people with diabetes who understand the challenges and can offer advice and support. 

To  begin, click on the first section ‘Welcome to Understanding Type 1’ below! 


  1. Comment by Timothy. N. on 19 April 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you

  2. Comment by Douglas. O. on 8 September 2021 at 7:56 am

    thank you

  3. Comment by Judy. N. on 11 December 2021 at 3:42 pm


    I’ve finishes all parts of the course but can’t seem to find where I can download my certificate from. Can you please advise

    With many thanks, Jydy

  4. Comment by Alison. C. on 6 January 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Judy. The button to download your certificate appears back at the beginning of the course. To go there, you can click on the “return to Understanding Type 1” link at the bottom of the right-hand navigation menu. I have also emailed you a copy of your certificate separately. Alison 🙂

  5. Comment by Nicola. R. on 11 April 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Just found out I have this problem and it’s due to steroids

  6. Comment by Lynda. M. on 18 June 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Hi, I have completed the course. But it’s not giving me an updated certificate.

  7. Comment by Alison. C. on 21 June 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Lynda. I have emailed you a certificate. 🙂

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