Patient Booklets

A range of booklets to guide you through the day-to-day living with diabetes and pre-diabetes.


  • NCEC NATIONAL CLINICAL GUIDELINE NO. 17 ADULT TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS

    NCEC NATIONAL CLINICAL GUIDELINE NO. 17 ADULT TYPE 1 DIABETES MELLITUS

    On the 25th of June 2018, the Minister for Health will launch the first National Clinical Guideline for Adults living with Type 1 Diabetes. The publication of the guideline will see an agreed framework that will ensure all adults with type 1 diabetes regardless of where they live in Ireland, have equitable access to high quality care. The guideline will also act as a driver to standardise type 1 diabetes care nationally.

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  • Living Well With Type 1 Diabetes

    Living Well With Type 1 Diabetes

    This booklet contains general information on Type 1 diabetes. It is for adults living with Type 1 diabetes and aims to support you in managing your type 1 diabetes well on a daily basis. The contents are divided into three sections, an introduction to Type 1 diabetes, ongoing care of Type 1 Diabetes and Living well with Type 1 diabetes. You can dip into the different sections of the booklet as they apply to you and it will be an additional resource for you when managing your diabetes.

    Updated Sept 2020

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  • Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes

    Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes

    This is your “one stop” Type 2 diabetes information booklet covering daily management, health eating guidelines, physical activity recommendations, preparing for your diabetes appointments, medications, entitlements and other lifestyle issues. The complete reference guide and essential reading for all people with Type 2 diabetes.

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  • Healthy Eating For People With Type 2 Diabetes

    Healthy Eating For People With Type 2 Diabetes

    This booklet has been prepared for those who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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  • Living Well With Pre-Diabetes

    Living Well With Pre-Diabetes

    Diet and exercise tips to help you maintain a healthy blood glucose level

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  • Think Type 1 Diabetes? Think Test

    Think Type 1 Diabetes? Think Test

    Type 1 Diabetes occurs because the body stops
    producing the hormone Insulin which allows the
    body to use glucose (sugar) as fuel. As a result in
    untreated diabetes the level of glucose gets too high.
    Early diagnosis improves long term outcome in
    diabetes. Late diagnosis can result in life threatening
    Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

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  • Guide Blood Glucose Testing

    Guide Blood Glucose Testing

    A guide to blood glucose testing for people living with type 2 diabetes

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  • Talk Hypos

    Talk Hypos

    Symptoms, Explanations & Advice from Novo Nordisk




    Updated July 2020

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  • Eating For Your Eye Health

    Eating For Your Eye Health

    Tips and recipes for healthy eating for healthy eyes.

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  • Understanding Food Labels

    Understanding Food Labels

    So you have Diabetes: what do you need to know when it comes to food labels? - updated April 2019

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  • Supermarket Shopping Guide

    Supermarket Shopping Guide

    This booklet contains recipes and lots of practical tips to take the stress out of supermarket shopping. Updated 2020

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  • Taking Steps Towards Good Foot-Care

    Taking Steps Towards Good Foot-Care

    This booklet will help you learn to look after your own feet whilst living diabetes.

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  • Driving & Medicines

    Driving & Medicines

    With Roadside Drug Testing, the leaflet provides invaluable information on your diabetes medicines

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  • Diabetes & Driving

    Diabetes & Driving

    Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines (Group 1 and 2 Drivers) - updated August 2019

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  • Diabetes Liver Screen

    Diabetes Liver Screen

    There is a silent epidemic of NAFLD in Ireland and patients with type 2 diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol are at greater risk of developing NAFLD, which if undiagnosed and left untreated, may lead to cirrhosis of the liver.
    In this booklet, Professor Suzanne Norris outlines the facts about NAFLD and explains why it is important that patients with type 2 diabetes should have a DIABETES LIVER SCREEN including also, how and where they can access it.

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  • Diabetes Type 2, Are You At Risk?

    Diabetes Type 2, Are You At Risk?

    Diabetes Type 2 – Are you at risk? Find out the signs and symptoms here.

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  • Caring For A Person With Diabetes

    Caring For A Person With Diabetes

    The aim of this booklet is to help you understand more about diabetes, it is divided into two sections. Part 1 looks at diabetes and general self-management for the older person. Part 2 looks at those people who may be unable to look after themselves and need assistance

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  • Tips For College Life

    Tips For College Life

    Some practical advice on managing your Type 1 Diabetes for new 3rd Level Students. Many of the experiences of young people with diabetes at university are covered in other publications but this booklet aims to highlight issues relating to diabetes control only. Updated March 2020

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  • Gestational Booklet

    Gestational Booklet

    A guide to diabetes and pregnancy

    Eating Well with Gestational Diabetes referenced in this booklet is located below. Updated September 2019

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  • Eating Well With Gestational Diabetes

    Eating Well With Gestational Diabetes

    Eating well guide - Updated September 2019

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  • Getting Active For Better Health

    Getting Active For Better Health

    How active are you? Do you need some help starting an exercise plan? If so, this booklet can help you. Use it together with any advice or information you get from your doctor.

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  • Hypoglyceamia Booklet

    Hypoglyceamia Booklet

    A guide to hypoglyceamia and diabetes.

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  • The Facts About Fasting During Ramadan

    The Facts About Fasting During Ramadan

    This information kit will help you understand the risks associated with fasting and provide tips for talking to your doctor if you are thinking about fasting during Ramadan. It also includes useful tools to help you manage your diabetes should you wish to fast, including a Blood Sugar Tracker and a Ramadan calendar.

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  • Healthy Habits Over Christmas

    Healthy Habits Over Christmas

    This booklet contains information for people with diabetes for healthy eating over the Christmas period, but it is suitable for all the family

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  • Taking Steps Towards Good Foot Care

    Taking Steps Towards Good Foot Care

    As a person with Diabetes you may develop foot problems. Learn to look after your feet by following the advice in this booklet.

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  • Let’s Talk Diabetes

    Let’s Talk Diabetes

    This booklet was published in conjunction with MSD, it contains helpful information on diabetes and how it may affect you. There is information on: reducing your chances and assess your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, knowing the signs and symptoms and understanding how type 2 diabetes is diagnosed and treated

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  • Checklist for Hypoglyceamia

    Checklist for Hypoglyceamia

    What you should know and what you should do

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  • Contraception

    Contraception

    A guide to diabetes and contraception options

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  • HbA1c

    HbA1c

    Helping you to understand the new HbA1c readings

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  • Pete The Pancreas

    Pete The Pancreas

    Pete the Pancreas, educational guide for children. From Novo Nordisk

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  • Pete The Pancreas

    Pete The Pancreas

    Pete the Pancreas, educational guide for parents. From Novo Nordisk

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  • Pregnancy Planning And Diabetes

    Pregnancy Planning And Diabetes

    Information leaflet for women with diabetes who may be considering pregnancy

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  • Diabetes & Oral Health
  • Thumps Up For Oral Health
  • Check In With Your Oral Health
  • Type 1 HSE Paediatric Diabetes Resource Pack