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DIABETES

Just been diagnosed?

Don’t worry – we’re here to help you through. This page addresses the worries you might have immediately after diagnosis, looks at how other people usually feel after diagnosis, and offers guidance on what steps to take next.

Talk to someone now

Our helpline is open from 8am – 8pm, every weekday. Whatever your situation, we’ll take the time to listen to your concerns. We’ll do our best to help you through, answer your questions, and find you the right support. Call us now:

0300 222 5709

DIABETES

Just been diagnosed?

Don’t worry – we’re here to help you through. This page addresses the worries you might have immediately after diagnosis, looks at how other people usually feel after diagnosis, and offers guidance on what steps to take next.

Need to talk to someone now?

Our helpline is open from 8am – 8pm, every weekday. Whatever your situation, we’ll take the time to listen to your concerns. We’ll do our best to help you through, answer your questions, and find you the right support. Call us now:

0300 222 5709

How you might feel

Shocked or in denial

You find it hard to believe your diagnosis, especially if you feel like you’ve been looking after your health. However, there are lots of things that can increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, including your age and your genetics. It’s not something that only happens to you if you’re overweight.

Guilty

You find it hard to believe your diagnosis, especially if you feel like you’ve been looking after your health. However, there are lots of things that can increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes, including your age and your genetics. It’s not something that only happens to you if you’re overweight.

Overwhelmed

The diagnosis process likely involved a wide range of tests and questions. When you’re diagnosed, there’s a lot of information to take in. The best thing you can do is take things one step at a time. You don’t have to learn everything there is to know about your condition straight away. In the diabetes section of this website, we’ve broken down the information you’ll need into manageable chunks so it’s easier to get through.

Relieved?

A diagnosis can confirm the problems you’ve been experiencing and offer an explanation. From now on, you’ll have the support of health professionals to manage your blood sugar levels and spot any problems early on. A diagnosis can bring relief because there is a plan for action and you’re now in safe hands.

We’ve got a page on dealing with diagnosis with more guidance on coming to terms with your condition and finding your feet.

Immediate concerns

Is there a cure?

There’s no cure for Type 2 diabetes but there’s a wide range of treatments available to manage your blood sugar levels. There are also treatments for any problems you might have with your eyesight, kidneys, feet, or heart.

The best thing you can do is act now and get into the right habits to keep your blood sugar levels constant. This way, you’ll limit the progression of your condition and stay independent for as long as possible.

Does diabetes stop me being able to…

Drive? Work? Travel abroad? Having type 2 diabetes doesn’t necessarily stop you from doing any of those things, but take a look at the sections we’ve just linked to for more advice.

How do I get started with being healthier?

Don’t try and tackle all aspects of your lifestyle at once. Start out with one aim. We have pages on getting started with:

  • Eating healthily
  • Stopping smoking
  • Getting more active

If you’re finding it hard to make a change, we’ve got a whole section on why change can be hard and what can help.

The good news…
  1. You’ve got a team of healthcare professionals to support you and make sure you get treatment if things go wrong
  2. There’s lots of information out there on adopting healthier habits. It can sometimes seem a little too much, so check out our lifestyle changes section for the essentials.
  3. You’re not alone. There are 3.5 million people in the UK with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. There are lots of people you can talk to about what you’re going through.
Feeling overwhelmed?

Let us help make things simpler. Our role is to answer any questions you might have along your journey, and help you access suitable support, whether it’s peer support or local groups to get involved with to tackle any feelings of isolation. By having everything in one place, you won’t need to wonder where to look for the answer to your question.

If this is the kind of support you think would help, join us. Sign up for an account here and you’ll be able to:

  • Call us as often as you want to, whenever you’ve got a question
  • Access the information on this site as much as you need to
  • Let us know where you live and get information on local support services