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Finding help and support for type 2 diabetes

There is a lot of information and support available for type 2 diabetes. Some of the support depends on the area you live in.

Take a course to help you manage your diabetes

There are free education courses to help you learn more about and manage your type 2 diabetes.

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.

Read more information about education courses for type 2 diabetes

Telling DVLA you have type 2 diabetes

If you're taking insulin for your type 2 diabetes, you will need to tell the DVLA. This is because of the risk of hypoglycaemia. You can be fined if you don't tell DVLA.

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 and forums about diabetes

  • forum - discussions about living with and managing diabetes
  • Diabetes UK blogs - collection of different blogs on food, eyes, work and diabetes and more
  • Diabetes Chat - offers scheduled chats with healthcare professionals or just the chance to talk to others

Telling others can be difficult

However, it can help for certain people to know you have diabetes:

  • family can support you, especially as you will need to make change what you eat
  • it’s important your colleagues or employer know in case of an emergency
  • being diagnosed with diabetes can affect your mood - telling your partner will help them understand how you feel

Carry Medical ID in case of an emergency

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.

Search the internet for ‘medical ID’ to find a website that sells them.