• Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high.
  • It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.
  • It's a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life. You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.
  • It's caused by problems with a chemical in the body (hormone) called insulin. It's often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Important

The 2018/19 flu jab is now available.

Flu can be very serious if you have type 2 diabetes. Ask for your free NHS flu jab at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a local pharmacy that offers the service

Page last reviewed: 08/08/2017
Next review due: 08/08/2020