Type 2 diabetes
Further information and support
There is a lot of information and support available for type 2 diabetes. Some of the support depends on the area you live in.
Type 2 diabetes planner
Book and manage your appointments, renew your prescriptions, set reminders.
Understanding type 2 diabetes
Information about what diabetes is, diagnosis and monitoring your condition.
- What is diabetes? from the charity Diabetes UK
- Diabetes treatments from Diabetes UK
- 15 checks you should do when you have diabetes from Diabetes UK
- Managing your diabetes from Diabetes UK
Driving with type 2 diabetes
You have to tell the DVLA that you have type 2 diabetes if you're on insulin. You can be fined if you don’t.
Courses for managing diabetes
There are free education courses to help you learn more about and manage your type 2 diabetes. Check with hospitals in your area.
The NHS also offers one-day courses courses. To sign up email the contacts on the pages below.
- course for newly diagnosed people
- foundation course to build on newly diagnosed
- course for South Asians delivered with interpreters in Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati
What you need to take part
Your GP will need to refer you. You can phone your GP surgery to get a referral letter, you don’t need to make an appointment.
Bring the referral letter from your GP to the first session.
Support groups for type 2 diabetes
The charity Diabetes UK runs local support groups.
They can help with things like managing your diabetes on a daily basis, diet, exercise or dealing with emotional problems like depression. They’re a place to talk and find out how others live with the condition.
Blogs about diabetes
- Diabetes.co.uk forum - discussions about living with and managing diabetes
- Diabetes UK blogs - collection of different blogs on food, eyes, work and diabetes and more
- Vicki’s notebook - experiences with medication for type 2 diabetes
Chat rooms for diabetes
- Healthful Chat - people connecting over diabetes or just to chat
- Diabetes Chat - offers scheduled chats with healthcare professionals or just the chance to talk to others
- tudiabetes - health problems, medication, diabetes research, you need to register to use the chat room
Eating with type 2 diabetes
- Top healthy eating tips - the charity Diabetes UK has 12 handy tips about enjoying food while managing your diabetes
- Enjoy food - information on shopping, cooking and eating from Diabetes UK
- Recipe cookbook - 365 recipes for people with diabetes
- Ten steps to eating well - practical tips about how you can change your diet from Patient Info
Keeping active with type 2 diabetes
- Getting active and staying active - the charity Diabetes UK explains what kind of activity you could do and gives tips on how to get active
- Video with exercise tips - simple exercises that you can do at home
Carry medical ID
Some people choose to wear a special wristband or carry something in their wallet that says they have diabetes, in case there is a medical emergency.
Knowing you have diabetes can make a difference to the treatment you’ll be given.
Google ‘medical ID’ to find a website that sells them.