Understanding Diabetes

Completely new to diabetes? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about diabetes and how it is treated.

Understanding Diabetes

Completely new to diabetes? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about diabetes and how it is treated.

Basic facts

These pages give a brief overview of what diabetes is and how it is diagnosed, as well as addressing common myths and misconceptions about the condition.

What is Type 2 diabetes?

Key facts about Type 2 diabetes: what it is, who it affects, what causes it, and what the symptoms are.

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How is it diagnosed?

Outlines the diagnosis process and what to expect when someone you know receives a diagnosis.

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Myths & misconceptions

Will I inherit diabetes? Will they have to quit their job? This page looks at common myths about diabetes.

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How is it treated?

This section looks at the different kinds of treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Every person is different but the diabetes healthcare team is likely to recommend a combination of lifestyle changes, tablets and insulin injections.

Insulin

Explains what insulin is, the different types of insulin, and what to do if the person you care for forgets to take it.

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Medication

Looks at the different types of medication for diabetes and how they work.

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New treatment options

Covers newer treatment options for diabetes, including insulin pumps and surgery.

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Making the most of appointments

Looks at how to help the person you care for make the most of their appointments with the diabetes healthcare team.

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Annual reviews

Outlines what an annual review should look like and what it should involve.

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The healthcare team

A “who’s who” of the professionals involved in the care for someone with diabetes and what they do.

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