Finding help 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.

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, but you can phone your GP surgery to get a referral letter, so 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 DVLA. This is because of the risk of low blood sugar (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.

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 and forums about diabetes

  • 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

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.

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