Understanding Diabetes

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

Understanding Diabetes

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

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 you should expect from your appointment.

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Myths & misconceptions

Do I have to eat diabetic foods? Can I drive? 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 your 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 you forget 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 your appointment

Looks at how to prepare for an appointment, with a list of questions to ask while you’re there.

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Annual reviews

Every year you will have a thorough check-up separate to your regular appointment with your doctor or nurse, called an “annual review”

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Your healthcare team

A “who’s who” of the professionals involved in your care and what they do.

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