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...

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Pumps and devices

Nutrition and exercise

There are 2 clinics run specifically to help children and young people manage exercise and Type 1 Diabetes. We know that exercise can present challenges for managing blood glucose levels. 

Monthly exercise & diabetes management clinic

This clinic is held on the 4th Friday afternoon of the month and accepts referrals for advice about the management of sports and diabetes for patients who are not under the care of UCLH. The clinic is run by Francesca (specialist dietitian with sports nutrition and prescribing qualifications). Each appointment is an hour long and aims to provide advice specific to sports management to help manage diabetes and improve sports performance. The clinic includes an assessment of body composition, the creation of a sports nutrition eating plan and a review of the impact of specific sports on blood glucose levels. Members of the referring MDT are welcome to attend the clinic with families.

Referrals to the clinic should be sent to:

Francesca Annan, Clinical Specialist Paediatric/Adolescent Diabetes Dietitian,
University College London Hospitals,
6th Floor Central,
250 Euston Road,
London NW1 2PG

Weekly exercise and diabetes management clinic
This is held on Friday mornings for children and young people who attend the UCLH children and young people’s diabetes service and run by is the paediatric diabetes dietitians. Each appointment is an hour long to allow time for a detailed discussion about exercise and sports management. In addition to providing sports specific advice, the appointments can be used to plan management for activity trips with schools and other organisations.


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

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)

Latest customer review:

 “This book is a really good read for anyone interested in the psychosocial aspects of diabetes. I have a vested interest as my daughter has Type 1 but I am also studying and this book has been a big part of my course materials. Easily written for the non-academic, but some extremely interesting perspectives.”

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

Latest customer review: 

“The writer's whole approach to the subject seems not only genuinely empathetic but illuminating. This book is packed full of information in a clearly laid out informative text. He is able to deliver medical information in a concise, accessible way. And that's the thing. He explains things. He doesn't assume patients won't get it so he'll just throw in some patronising prose.”

Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump (by John Walsh)

Latest customer review:

“After over 40 years of diabetes I still learnt a great deal about the condition, and the difficulty of controlling it, and what an insulin pump can and cannot be expected to achieve. It seems to cover all aspects.”

Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump (by John Walsh)

Latest customer reviews:

"This book has been life-changing for my son & husband, both of whom are diabetic." / "Having been a diabetic for nearly 60 years this has to be the best book I've ever seen." / "This book should become the bible for any Diabetics and for people on a reduced calorie diet."

Lara Takes Charge( by Rocky Lang)

Latest customer reviews:

"This is a great little story, and especially wonderful for my 7 year old with diabetes to show her friends and classmates."