There's 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.
- Healthy living for people with type 2 diabetes – online course from the NHS. If you are aged 18 or over and live in England, you can sign yourself up. You will not need a referral.
- Diabetes education and self management for ongoing and newly diagnosed (DESMOND) – NHS courses either in person or online. Your GP will need to refer you, but you can phone your GP surgery to get a referral letter, so you do not need to make an appointment.
Telling DVLA you have type 2 diabetes
Support groups for type 2 diabetes
The charity Diabetes UK runs local support groups.
These can help with things like managing your diabetes on a daily basis, diet, exercise or dealing with emotional problems, such as depression. They offer a place to talk and find out how others live with the condition.
Blogs, forums and apps
- Diabetes.co.uk forum – discussions about living with and managing diabetes
- Diabetes UK blogs – a collection of blogs on work and diabetes, food, eyes and more
- Diabetes Chat – scheduled chats with healthcare professionals or just the chance to talk to others
- NHS Apps Library – find apps and tools to help you manage your diabetes, including some that link you to a lifestyle coach
Telling others can be difficult
It can be difficult to tell others you have diabetes, but it can help for certain people to know:
- family can support you – especially as you will need to make changes to 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 of an emergency.
If it's known that you have diabetes, this can make a difference to the treatment you'll receive.
Search the internet for "medical ID" to find websites that sell them.
Social care and support guide
- need help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability
- care for someone regularly because they're ill, elderly or disabled – including family members
Our guide to care and support explains your options and where you can get support.
Page last reviewed: 18 August 2020
Next review due: 18 August 2023