Diabetes doesn't have to stop your child from living life to the full.

With careful management, you can help your child to manage  their condition

Learning to manage diabetes takes time, patience and effort – not to mention coping with difficult emotions after diagnosis. There are no short-cuts and it can take time to understand the condition; but we can help them stay healthy, active and happy.

Let us show you how...

Exploring thoughts and feelings about diabetes

Self-referral to the psychology team

Support and opportunities to meet others

  • Tree of Life’ video 
  • DiaMEETes
  • Mindfulness Parent Wellbeing Group is an 8 week online group for parents of children who have a long term health condition and are under the care of UCLH. For more information or register your interest please email: uclh.capsychology@nhs.net
  • Getting Ready for Transition to secondary school (GReaT). The GReaT Group is for young people with Type 1 Diabetes, who are transitioning to secondary school, and their parents. All those eliglible will receive an invite in the post
  • Navigating the exam period. An online session for those in Years 10-13, with a consultant at UCLH, to share ideas about managing exams and assessments when a health condition gets in the way 

Understanding blood glucose levels 

Pumps and devices

Nutrition and exercise

Food and lifestyle are important parts of managing diabetes. Being active and eating well can help with glucose management and increasing the time you spend with glucose levels in target range.

Having diabetes does not mean that you need a special diet but you do need to know lots about food, how your body works and how insulin works to match food and insulin, as well as how to eat well to grow and have a healthy body.

Eating isn't just about glucose levels; we want you to be able to enjoy food and manage diabetes. The diabetes dietitians are here to help you with everything about food and diabetes and activity management, from carbohydrate counting to eating out and managing food and drink on holiday and beyond. You will find information about eating well for all ages and managing diabetes on the information sheets in this section. There are also links to great resources for different ages to help everyone in the family eat well and be active.

We have a team of 4 dietitians and have weekly clinics, as well as group sessions for cooking and counting carbs. Find out all about the dietitians on the Meet the Team pages. You can contact us for an appointment or advice by email uclh.cddietitians@nhs.net.    

The dietitian team at Bristol children's hospital, along with a Somali link worker, have produced 3 carbohydrate counting videos:

Apps families and young people find useful for carbohydrate counting and bolus advice

Websites for further information


Travel and days out

Some pumps need to be removed for certain theme park rides due to the magnetic harnesses used. We recommend contacting your pump company to find out if this applies to you.

We do not supply specific letters to request queue jumping at theme parks, but if you take your last clinic with you to confirm your diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, most theme parks will provide you with ‘fast-passes’ to enable you to avoid queuing.

Navigating Theme Parks Blog

Young adults

Also look at our information on Travelling with diabetes and University 

Advice and links

Below are some links to useful shopping sites for diabetes products. These have been suggested to us by our parents and families. If you have any useful links you would like to share here please drop us an email at cdlime@uclh.nhs.uk or cdorange@uclh.nhs.uk.


Digibete is a video platform and social enterprise, designed to help children and their families with type 1 diabetes. It is a collection of short videos on all aspects of diabetes managements, created by young people, their families and their diabetes teams. Click the image on the left to download the full size.


Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes: Children, Adolescents and Their Families (by Deborah Christie)

Type 1 Diabetes in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults (by Ragnar Hanas)

Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump (by John Walsh)
Lara Takes Charge( by Rocky Lang)