Get ready to take on type 2 diabetes

Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Are you worried that you may have the disease and are unsure what to do next? Perhaps you are already managing type 2 diabetes and need advice on how to do better? Whichever stage you are at, this section is for you.

These pages cover the basics – what type 2 diabetes is, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. You will also find advice on living well with the disease, as well as an overview of the support available to help you achieve your goals.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body becomes resistant to a hormone called insulin. It usually starts around middle age, and progresses slowly so people often don't know they have the disease until additional health problems appear.

Recognising the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and being diagnosed as early as possible is the best way to avoid serious long-term complications.


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Treatments for type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be treated, but you will need to manage it carefully for the rest of your life. Because type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, you will probably manage it in different ways as you get older.

Depending on which stage of type 2 diabetes you have, treatment options may include lifestyle changes, oral medications and insulin therapy.


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Living with type 2 diabetes

If you manage your type 2 diabetes well you can expect to live an active and independent life. But you will need to make changes to the way you care for your health, and plan carefully for certain activities and occasions.

Learning to balance your diet, physical activity and blood glucose levels, and being able to adapt to different circumstances, will help you live life to the full and avoid serious health problems. Getting the right information and support is your first step towards better long-term health.


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Reflections on life with type 2 diabetes

In Your Own Words is a collection of letters by people with type 2 diabetes. Each has written back to their younger self with advice and reflections on living with diabetes and starting on insulin therapy. Their letters offer understanding based on personal experience and encouragement founded on the belief that a full, healthy and happy life is possible with type 2 diabetes.


Read their letters here

Type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms

Around 50% of people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have the disease, and risk developing serious health complications as a result. Knowing your risk and getting screened early are simple steps towards a longer, healthier life.

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Disease Experience Expert Panels

Our Disease Experience Expert Panels (DEEPs) bring together individuals living with serious chronic diseases, including diabetes, to provide insights and advice based on their experiences.


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