The diabetes-support forum is open to all people who want to discuss diabetes, and everyone is welcome, but our focus is mainly on the UK NHS system.
We welcome members who are diabetic, who are involved with someone who is diabetic or who have a professional interest. But please remember that this forum is about support and the exchange of personal experiences. If you have an interest, directly or indirectly, in any business that has any involvement with diabetes, please disclose this at the outset and remember promotional, marketing or other business-related posts are unwelcome.
Readers should assume that no poster has an appropriate medical qualification to issue advice and they certainly can't carry out a proper medical assessment of your condition, so any changes to treatment should be carried out in discussion with, and with the approval of, your own diabetes medical team. General courtesy guidelines when posting
Posters should remember that individuals vary in their diabetes and its management. It is possible to share a personal experience or opinion, not provide an absolute truth for someone else.
Try to stick to the original topic and tone of a thread as a courtesy to the original poster and for clarity. If a new topic of discussion arises from within a thread, please aim to open a new thread with a relevant title or ask the moderators to split a thread if a digression becomes clear after several further responses.
Posters vary hugely in experience, knowledge and confidence. Especially in the introductions or general discussion sections, long and/or technical responses covering research or detailed medical matters, even if relevant, may interrupt the flow of support and seem daunting to the original poster.
Where you feel such a post would be useful, please consider responding with a brief summary of the main point (eg: "some researchers have found that x helps with y.") and create a new thread in the Research or News sections where you can make the point in full detail. (You can note the link to the greater detail in the original thread.)
This also allows other members to respond to/debate the issues you have raised without dominating the original thread.
Debate and differing opinions are healthy, but must always be conducted with respect and tolerance for others.
Without face-to-face contact, smilies are the way to convey less seriousness and avoid levity being misinterpreted. Feel free to use them as necessary. Appropriate humour, incidentally, is definitely welcome!
Bearing in mind that this forum is aimed at all age groups, please avoid unnecessary use of strong language or adult themes.
The forum does not allow:
•Any sort of abuse, flames, personal attacks or responses to any such messages
: if you find a post abusive, please use the "report" button at once to bring it to the attention of the moderators/administrators
•Religion and politics – these are not suitable topics for discussion
•Links that promote commercial sites, companies or services (spam)
•Posts about "alternative" treatments or "cures" that, in the administrators' absolute judgement, are likely to be seen as misleading or to encourage others to pursue potentially dangerous changes to their treatment regime.
•Posts seeking, in any guise, direct or indirect contributions to market research except with the prior approval of the administrators. Please email with your full details and company details.Research/surveys
•Invitations to join in surveys or research may only be posted with the prior approval of the administrators/moderators, who should be notified (by email or private message*) of the full nature of the project, your name and verifiable company/organisation contact details, eg for academic researchers, the contact details for a member of academic staff supervising the project.Posts and membership
Where one or more moderator or administrator believes that any post, for whatever reason, is inappropriate, they have the absolute right to edit or remove it. Similarly, membership of the forum is at the invitation of the administrators. They retain the absolute right to withdraw this invitation and suspend or terminate any membership at any time without explanation or prior warning.Copyright
Writers of posts retain the absolute copyright to their messages so these should not be reproduced anywhere else without their permission, however, in joining the forum members agree that they grant this site indefinite licence to display their messages and accept that they may be accessed by the normal internet channels including, but not limited to, search engines and RSS.Personal security
Just a short reminder about posting personal information: of course this is a public forum. Having a chosen username and putting no other personal details on view should provide anonymity. But when posting please exercise the same caution you would in any other very public place about revealing identifying personal details. We strongly recommend that you change your password regularly and that it should include letters and numbers.Forum funding
The Diabetes Support Forum receives no outside funding from nor is it affiliated to any other organisation or business. It is supported by and run voluntarily by the moderators/administrator group, with some help toward hosting fees coming from a small commission on goods bought through the DSF shop
from well known online retailers (there is no extra cost to shoppers).Contact
* to email the administrators: administration @ diabetes-support.org.uk (remove spaces)
To use private message (logged in users only), click on a member's username and then on the "send PM" link.