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.

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Understanding type 2 diabetes

Information about what diabetes is, diagnosis and monitoring your condition.

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.

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

Chat rooms for diabetes

Eating with type 2 diabetes

Keeping active with type 2 diabetes

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.