Diabetes at a glance

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that causes your blood sugar level to become too high. It is a lifelong condition affecting 3.2 million people inRead more

Why is insulin so important?

Insulin works in your body by helping glucose (sugar) enter your body’s cells. Once it is in the cells it is used as fuelRead more

How do I know if I have diabetes

You will probably have one or more of these symptoms: feeling very thirsty urinating frequently, particularly at night feeling very tired weight loss andRead more

What treatment will I need?

If you have Type 1 diabetes you will need daily insulin injections, eat a healthy diet and take regular exercise. If you have TypeRead more

Where will I go to for support?

Your GP practice will support you, sometimes with the help of diabetes specialists. Normally you would expect to visit your practice every three orRead more

Who will support me?

The doctors and nurses at your GP practice will take overall charge of your treatment. If they feel you need more help they willRead more

What about diabetes care for children?

All children diagnosed with diabetes are cared for by their local specialist diabetes teams. These teams will include paediatric diabetic specialist nurses and dieticians.Read more

Where can I learn more?

If you have Type 1 diabetes you will be invited to take part in a training course, at a time to suit you, to learnRead more

Help from Diabetes.uk

Diabetes UK is the charity for people with diabetes, their family, friends and carers. Their mission is to improve the lives of people withRead more