Our new how-to videos; a step-by-step guide to help you manage your diabetes – Jonathan Hatch
Hello, I’m Jon from Diabetes UK’s content team. Part of my job is helping to make videos for people with diabetes. I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you all about our brand new ‘how-to’ video collection.
Late last year, we put a lot of time into analysing what you were after in terms of video and web content, whether you live with diabetes or you know someone who does. We found that lots of people wanted to learn about insulin and testing their blood sugars. We did have videos showing how to test blood sugar levels and how to inject insulin, but we found that they were too long and people stopped watching long before the end. As an authority on diabetes care, we wanted to make the videos as up-to-date and easy to understand as possible.
So we made 5 new videos showing how to manage your diabetes simply and safely:
- How to inject insulin
- How to inject insulin as a child
- How to test your blood sugar levels
- How to measure your waist
- How to test your feet for sensitivity
We wanted the videos to be as quick and simple as possible, and to make sure they were accessible to everyone. So, we scripted it with people with diabetes in mind, and we also decided to ask our volunteers to help us make the videos.
We truly have the best volunteers in the world. Community champions Rohit, Kumar and Jit all gave up their time to star in our videos, as did Kaja and Emma from our Type 1 panel. Marley and his Mum, Lauren, gave up a day to show kids of Marley’s age how to inject insulin themselves.
I’d just like to thank all of our volunteers who helped us with this project, as they were absolutely amazing, and were incredibly generous to give their time to something we feel is very important.
The videos were all filmed and edited by the brilliant Gardenback, who we’ve worked with before. There were a few nerves from our volunteers, and Gardenback did a terrific job of making them feel at ease.
How to test for sensitivity in your feet
As some of you may know, we recently launched our be in the know campaign, which highlights the seriousness of diabetes. We want everyone to know how important it is to look after their feet. That is why we wanted to make a video showing our users how they, along with a helper, can test for loss of sensitivity in their feet.
So, I will leave you in the capable hands of Kumar and Alex to show you how it’s done. You can find all our other how-to videos by clicking the links at the top of this blog.
We’d love to hear from you
Your feedback is so important to everything we do at Diabetes UK, so let us know what you think of our videos. We hope you find these helpful and informative.