Living with diabetes

Diabetes: the facts

Diabetes is a serious and life-long condition that affects the body's response to sugar, or glucose.

Healthy living with diabetes

You can live a healthy and full life with diabetes, but you'll need to pay attention to your diet and lifestyle.

Reduce your diabetes risk

Type 2 diabetes is linked to being overweight. A healthy diet can help reduce your risk.

Go on a diabetes course

If you have diabetes, there are free courses to help you cope with your condition.

Diabetes and your child

If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, a diabetes care team will help you adjust.

Diabetic eye screening

Everyone aged 12 or over with diabetes is offered diabetic eye screening, an annual check for early signs of diabetic retinopathy. Find out more.

Travelling with diabetes

Travelling with diabetes, including diet, taking medicines, vaccines, insurance and air travel.

Feet and diabetes

Foot health is vital for people with diabetes. Look after your feet and find out when to get help.

'Diabetes and me'

Surjeet Soin talks about his life with type 2 diabetes, and how he keeps healthy by exercising and eating well.

Brian Hunte

'How diabetes affects my daily life'

Brian Hunte, 67, explains how he manages his diabetes by eating healthily and taking insulin.

Diabetes in pregnancy

Find out how type 1 and type 2 diabetes can affect you and your baby. Plus info on gestational (pregnancy) diabetes.

'My diabetic pregnancy'

Mum of four Lisa Gough, who has type 1 diabetes, talks about her pregnancy with her first child, Amy.

Diabetes and sport

Gary Blakie has type 1 diabetes. He's also represented the UK at the World Triathlon Age Group Championships.

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Services near you

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Teenage diabetes: Chandler's story

Chandler has type 1 diabetes. Find out how the condition has affected her life and the lives of those around her.

Media last reviewed: 16/03/2013

Next review due: 16/03/2015

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