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DRIFT is a diabetic educational website offering information for the benefit of insulin dependent diabetic patients and their carers and to provide information to the medical profession, doctors, general practitioners, diabetes specialist nurses, community health nurses, and social workers, with educational information and experiences of other diabetic patients in order to improve quality of life and offer possible solutions to minimise the long term complications of diabetes.

THE SUGGESTIONS AND FACTS SHOWN ON THIS WEB SITE DO NOT CONSTITUTE A RECOMMENDATION OR REPRESENTATION THAT THE INFORMATION WILL IMPROVE ANY PARTICULAR MEDICAL CONDITION UNLESS AS PART OF THE PATIENTS OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF HIS OR HER CONDITION WHICH SHOULD AT ALL TIMES BE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A SUITABLY QUALIFIED AND EXPRIENCED PRACTIONER. MEDICAL INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO DRI-FT (ASTON CLINTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED) IS CONSIDERED CONFIDENTIAL AND IS THEREFORE NOT SUPPLIED TO ANY OTHER PERSON OR ORGANISATION.

Cross the Bridges and Live a Life with Diabetes

DRI-FT as a project was initiated in 1994 by Derek Beatty, himself an insulin dependent diabetic for 35 years, whose experiences led to a thorough investigation of the treatments available in the UK leading to opportunities to enhance the quality of lifestyle for diabetic patients and their carers.

Derek Beatty believes that many patients with Type 1 diabetes can enjoy a reasonable quality of life by ensuring treatment with

  • Correct type of insulin best suited to individual needs
  • Correct dose of insulin to accommodate diet and exercise
  • A reasonable diet with regular meals and snacks
  • Daily exercise
  • Adjustment of insulin dose in times of illness
  • Minimisation of stress factors in daily life

Regular monitoring of blood glucose is important for diabetic patients along with regular check of blood pressure. Medical device manufacturers and suppliers offer a range of blood glucose monitors and blood pressure monitors and links are available from this web site to several companies offering such devices and other organisations involved with diabetes care.

There is also a reference section to several standard texts which provide interesting and helpful further reading for diabetic patients and their carers.

Disclaimer – Historical facts published on this website were correct at the time of discovery however in the developing area of medicine new treatments and clinical benefits are always emerging. The authors and company disclaim any responsibility for information which may have been superseded by new medical developments and treatments which may offer advantages to certain patients but are confident that the information contained on this website will be helpful as ongoing education of diabetic patients, their carers, and those involved in the treatment of this disorder.