Diabetes is a condition where the level of blood glucose (the amount of sugar) in the blood is too high. This can happen because your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, the insulin isn’t effective, or your body doesn’t produce any insulin at all.
Some of the symptoms of high blood sugar can be:
High glucose levels in your blood can seriously damage your heart, eyes, feet and kidneys, but with the right care and treatment you will be able to live a healthy life.
Type 2 diabetes is when the insulin your body makes is not working well, or you can’t produce enough of it. The vast majority of people in the UK have type 2 diabetes.
Some people can have other types of diabetes: read more here.
Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age. People who are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
You can also check if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes by visiting Know your risk of type 2 diabetes – Diabetes UK.
When you are diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, we can help support you through managing your condition with a diabetes annual review. To help you stay as healthy as possible, you should:
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you can attend one of our free, culturally tailored diabetes education courses. They will help you to manage your type 1 and type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and healthier eating.
NHS England has published a leaflet on making a decision about managing type 1 diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past six years, you maybe eligible to attend our type 2 diabetes pathway to remission programme.
Some people have higher blood sugar than normal, but not quite in the diabetes zone: it’s called “non-diabetic hyperglycaemia”, or more simply “pre-diabetes”. If you have this, you have a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes. The good news is that risk can go down with lifestyle changes.
If you have been diagnosed with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, you can attend the free Healthier you NHS diabetes prevention programme. The programme is a nine-month (13 sessions) lifestyle programme aimed at preventing the development of type 2 diabetes. In south east London, the programme is run by Thrive Tribe and has been adapted specifically for our communities.